Anyone who wants to understand the twentieth century will still have to read Orwell.'
- Timothy Garton Ash, New York Review of Books
This outstanding collection brings together Orwell's longer, major essays and a fine selection of shorter pieces that includes 'My Country Right or Left', 'Decline of the English Murder', 'Shooting an Elephant' and 'A Hanging'.
With great originality and wit Orwell unfolds his views on subjects ranging from a revaluation of Charles Dickens to the nature of Socialism, from a comic yet profound discussion of naughty seaside picture postcards to a spirited defence of English cooking. Displaying an almost unrivalled mastery of English plain prose style, Orwell's essays challenge, move and entertain. 'Anyone who wants to understand the twentieth century will still have to read Orwell.' Timothy Garton Ash, New York Review of Books
George Orwell found 'the prolonged, indiscriminate reveiwing of books... a quite exceptionally thankless, irritating and exhausting job... The best practice, it always seemed to me, would be simply to ignore the great majority of books and give very long reviews to the few that seem to matter'. Space doesn't permit a long review here but this collection is equal to a year's, a decade's, a lifetime's reading if what you're reading isn't Orwell. Writing about his professional and political interests, his travels, and the world at large, Orwell's astute and often laconic observations are still able to hit you blindside. The collection includes 'Decline of the English Murder', 'My Country Right or Left' and 'A Hanging'. (Kirkus UK)