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on 20 February 2014
Regardless, of your thoughts on Orwell as a character; some are suggesting he was a government pawn/agent used to influence or infiltrate the minds of masses and, after all, between 1941 and 1943, Orwell did work on propaganda for the BBC, still, there's no doubt he's a fabulous story teller. With Orwell, one isn't draped in adjective laden descriptions and sensual indulgence but led along on a fabulous narrative journey and he makes the journey fluid and easy, regardless of topic.

This selection of essays does include the one used as the books title .. plus 'Clink' an amusing tale of his time spent trying to get arrested and gaoled but meeting, instead, with intelligence and fairness from the coppers and working peoples of the day. There's insight and wisdom to be found within his views on Donald McGill in the essay of that name.

His hop picking soiree found in his essay 'Hop Picking Diary' provides a tantalising window into the lives, labour and behaviour of some of the 'peasants' he meets .. and also underlines how relentless are the troubles from lack of money. Surprising that he never gave more practical assistance to the obvious plight of the poor he encountered. He wasn't a 'feeling' man.

The other essays are: 'Just Junk - But Who Could Resist it?' A tad dull. 'Good Bad Books.' Okay. 'Women's Twopenny Weeklies.' Fine but not as sumptuously insightful as 'Boys' Weeklies.'
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