Although most famous for his novels Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four, George Orwell was also a prolific essayist and journalist.
To mark the centenary of his birth, Clive Merrison reads a selection of Orwell's non-fiction writing, beginning with the powerful essay, A Hanging, Orwell's account of an execution that he attended while serving in the Indian Imperial Police in Burma during the 1920's: 'It is curious, but til that moment I had never realised what it means to destroy a healthy, conscious man.'.
In this final selection of pieces, Orwell explores modern man's gullibility, ridicules the absurdities of the New Year's Honours List, and recalls a minor incident from his youth which helped to form his socialist outlook.
Read by Clive Merrison