The Road to Wigan Pier (Paperback)

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George Orwell exposes the conditions of the English working class in the 1930's in this very well written work. He travels to the north of England and lives with the miners under conditions of absolute squalor, including having to crawl to work every day in pitch black tunnels. A socialist, Orwell wrestles with his own political ideas and the highly problematic middle-class followers of socialism in the second part of the book.

— From What Bartas is Reading


In the 1930s Orwell was sent by a socialist book club to investigate the appalling mass unemployment in the industrial north of England. He went beyond his assignment to investigate the employed as well-”to see the most typical section of the English working class.” Foreword by Victor Gollancz.

About the Author

GEORGE ORWELL (1903–1950) was born in India and served with the Imperial Police in Burma before joining the Republican Army in the Spanish Civil War. Orwell was the author of six novels as well as numerous essays and nonfiction works.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780156767507
ISBN-10: 0156767503
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: October 18th, 1972
Pages: 256
Language: English