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Orwell's London [Hardcover]

John Thompson


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Posted promptly from UK. Book in very good condition including dust jacket.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful 2 Jan 2002
By Andrew MacDonald - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a shame that this little gem is out of print and so rare or expensive to find. "Orwell's London" is full of photographs of places George Orwell lived, worked and ate in and around London, 115 pictures by my count. They are evenly divided between historical photos of life in London during Orwell's lifetime and ones taken in 1984, when the book was published. The photos are grouped chronologically according to the different phases of Orwell's life and are accompanied by brief biographical sketches that lend context. The final chapter, "No enemy to pleasure", shows restaurants Orwell frequented.
The most useful feature of the book is the addresses given for every place photographed. This is very handy for anyone visiting London who would like to see places where Orwell worked or lived. I made that trip myself in 1999 and can vouch for the accuracy of the references. Of particular interest are the offices of Victor Gollancz, 14 Henrietta St., WC2 (only shown from the inside in this book), Booklover's Corner, South End Green, NW3 (now a pizza shop with an Orwell plaque near the door), and the Senate House, Malet St., WC1 (rumored to be the model for the Ministry of Truth in "1984").
All in all worthwhile, snap this one up if you can find it.
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