The Road to Wigan Pier Revisited Paperback – 8 Mar 2012
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A searing exploration of social injustice, inequality and the state of the nation published to co-incide with the 75th anniversary of the original publication of The Road to Wigan Pier.
About the Author
A journalist and broadcaster, Stephen Armstrong writes for the Sunday Times, the Guardian, GQ, Esquire and the New Statesman amongst others. He contributes documentaries and columns to Radio 4 and is currently working with al-jazeera on a film based around his recent book War Plc - the rise of the new corporate mercenary, which sold out its first print run in 10 days. His first book, The White Island, was published in 2005.
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I should add at this point that the book has a lot of important things to say, and that for the general reader it's very useful as a point of reference in finding out how, for example, the benefits system functions under the coalition government. In a sense it's not too surprising, but some of the points Armstrong highlights are incredibly interesting - and, of course, make for very depressing reading (nowt wrong with that!)
However, the book does come across as fairly slipshod at points, and seems to have been very hastily written. I found myself questioning why the author even bothered to name his chapters after Orwell's when some of them mention the title topic, then go onto something completely different. For example, the 'Food' chapter made some interesting points about low income households and a lack of proper nutrition, then incorporated drugs and suicides. I sort of see what Armstrong was trying to get at, but sometimes you found yourself on another topic all of a sudden, thinking 'how the hell did we get onto this?!' As a reasonably long book, more attempt needs to be made to foster a sense of coherence.
Adding to the slipshod nature of the book are some passages in which the author seems to have missed Orwell's point.Read more ›
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For all those who have heard about Wigan Pier and they'd to find it they should read this great booPublished on 2 Nov. 2012 by Brian
A good follow up to the original. Similarly eye opening and depressing. Everyone should read this, especially anyone in a position to make changes in our country.Published on 28 July 2012 by John L
I read Stephen Armstrong's book and then read Orwell's original. And for some reason I found myself much prefering the new version. Read morePublished on 29 May 2012 by Rob Miles
The same today as 1936? I don't know whether to laugh or cry at such rubbish. 2012; Free education to age 18, NHS, virtually all diseases eradicated or treatable, foreign holidays... Read morePublished on 11 April 2012 by Will