The Penguin Book Of 20th-century Essays

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01England Your England2000022120010102

Five 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 Aristocracy2000022220010103

Five 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 Vicarage2000022320010104

Five 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 Nirvana2000022420010105

Five 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 Capital2000022520010106

by 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.