Penguin Book Of 20th-century Essays, The

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01England Your England2000022120010102Five essays from distinguished writers which form a portrait of the last century.|1: `England Your England' by George Orwell, read by Tim Pigott-smith, abridged by Chris Wallis.|`As I write highly civilised human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me.' Orwell challenges what is meant by patriotism.
02The English Aristocracy2000022220010103Five essays from distinguished writers which form a portrait of the last century.|2: `The ENGLISH Aristocracy' by Nancy Mitford, read by Eleanor Bron.|Mitford's famous essay which developed the expressions `U' and `non-U' to define the upper-class speaker.
03The Guilty Vicarage2000022320010104Five essays from distinguished writers which form a portrait of the last century.|3: `The Guilty Vicarage' by W H Auden, read by John Shrapnel.|Auden examines the addictive delights of the whodunnit.
04Return Trip To Nirvana2000022420010105Five essays from distinguished writers which form a portrait of the last century.|4: `Return Trip to Nirvana' by Arthur Koestler, read by John Shrapnel.|Using first-hand experience, Koestler challenges the cult of mind-altering drugs as advocated by his friend Timothy Leary.
05Living On Capital2000022520010106by Jonathan Raban, read by Tim Pigott-smith.|A moving tribute to the rewards and tensions of the relationship between father and son, written when the author was in his mid-thirties.