George Orwell - Essays And Journalism

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01A Hanging20030616

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.'.

02Confessions Of A Book Reviewer20030617

Clive Merrison reads a selection of familiar and unfamiliar non-fiction pieces by the author of Animal Farm.

'Until one has some kind of professional relationship with books one does not discover how bad the majority of them are.'.

03My Country Right Or Left20030618

Clive Merrison reads a selection of familiar and unfamiliar non-fiction pieces by the author of Animal Farm.

'Patriotism has nothing to do with conservatism.

It is devotion to something that is changing but is felt to be mystically the same.'.

04Pleasure Spots20030619

Clive Merrison reads a selection of familiar and unfamiliar non-fiction pieces by the author of Animal Farm.

'It is difficult not to feel that the unconscious aim of most modern pleasure resorts is a return to the womb.'.

05Gullibility20030620

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