Description - Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
With an Introduction by Dervla Murphy 'The white-hot reaction of a sensitive, observant, compassionate young man to poverty' DERVLA MURPHY George Orwell's vivid memoir of his time living among the desperately poor and destitute is a moving tour of the underworld society. Written when Orwell was a struggling writer in his twenties, it documents his 'first contact with poverty'- sleeping in bug-infested hostels and doss houses of last resort, working as a dishwasher in Paris, surviving on scraps and cigarette butts, living alongside tramps, a star-gazing pavement artist and a starving Russian ex-army captain. Exposing a shocking, previously hidden world to readers, Orwell gave a human face to the statistics of poverty for the first time. In doing so, he found his voice as a writer. 'Orwell was the great moral force of his age' Spectator
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Author Biography - George Orwell
George Orwell (1903-1950) served with the Imperial Police in Burma, fought with the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War, and was a member of the Home Guard and a writer for the BBC during World War II. He is the author of some of the most celebrated works of non-fiction and fiction in the English language.