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on 6 November 2011
This book, which ideally should be read along with its companion, the George Orwell `Diaries', allows us insight into the life of one of the most important writers of the 20th century.
Alongside letters to and from friends there are also, more interestingly, letters Orwell wrote to and received from his agent and publishers. In amongst the book's near 500 pages of letters, as well as occasionally making comment on other authors' works, Orwell also reveals what he thinks of his own efforts; which of his books he considered worthwhile and which he thought `rubbish'.
We also learn more about Orwell's domestic situation, about his life with his first wife Eileen - a relationship that so sadly came to a premature end - and can piece together a more complete picture of the man than if we had to rely on the diaries alone.
Speaking purely personally, I found the odd surprise in here too.
For all admirers of Orwell's works, this book is definitely worth reading.