I was told to read this by a relative of mine while we were talking about 1984. I couldn't get my head around the fact that Orwell was a Socialist. This book definitely convinced me otherwise. A great portrayal of conditions of the working class in England at the turn of the century. Interestingly I found Orwell's vision of a Socialist future similar to modern day Socialists beliefs. The difference is these days we have the weight of evidence to show that it does not work. But this book was written in a very different time with the second world war still in the future. Orwell also references other books that I have added to my wishlist to better understand his reasoning. A very good read indeed.