This excellent collection of essays alongside the brilliant Road To Wigan Pier shows some of Orwell's more journalistic work at its finest. Although he was the author of some brilliant fiction, Orwell made a name for himself before the war writing some excellent surveys of poverty and many other issues. The Road To Wigan Pier makes up the bulk of this work. It describes poverty in the northern industrial towns of Lancashire and Yorkshire, and in it Orwell gives an excellent story of the kinds of conditions the working classes were living in at that time. Perhaps the best part of this book is the description of the kinds of housing conditions these people had to endure, such as back-to-back houses, shared outdoor lavatories and the general dilapidation of the housing stock. All the writing in this work is a brutal condemantion of poverty and unemployment, and goes well with some of Orwell's other work, and betrays the fact that all was not well in interwar England.