Seeing Things As They Are: Selected Journalism and Other Writings

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The best of Orwell's journalism, published in one volume for the first time, selected by leading expert Peter Davison.
     Celebrated for his novels and essays, Orwell remains one of our very best journalists and commentators. Confronting social, political and moral dilemmas head-on, he was fearless in his writing: a champion of free speech, a defender against social injustice and a sharp-eyed chronicler of the age. But his work is also timeless, and pieces on immigration, Scottish independence and a Royal Commission on the Press still resonate today.
     Orwell had an almost unique ability to get to the heart of the matter, distilling important events and ideas into clear, pithy prose. He wrote articles and essays for a number of journals and newspapers, and was a voracious reader and patron of the arts, as his many book, theatre and film reviews attest. Almost half of his popular 'As I Please' weekly columns, written while literary editor of the Tribune during the 1940s, are collected here, and they range over topics as diverse as the purchase of rose bushes from Woolworth's to the Warsaw Uprising.
     Whether political, poetic, polemic or personal, this is surprising, witty and intelligent writing to delight in. This engaging collection of Orwell's less familiar writing shows him at the height of his powers, and illuminates our understanding of his work as a whole. 

   · Part of a trilogy with Diaries and A Life in Letters -- collectible one -- volume editions, selected and edited from the 20-volume Collected Works.

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GEORGE ORWELL (1903-1950) served with the Imperial Police in Burma, fought with the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War, and was a member of the Home Guard and a writer for the BBC during World War II. He is the author of some of the most celebrated works of non-fiction and fiction in the English language.

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"This selection of Orwell's journalism is a ceaseless delight... There is a treat on almost every page" -- Alex Massie, 5 stars * Daily Telegraph * "Orwell's luminous gift was for seeing things, for noticing what others missed, took for granted or simply found uninteresting, for discovering meaning and wonder in the familiarity of the everyday... Nothing escaped or seemed beneath his notice, which was what made him such a good reporter... [Seeing Things As They Are] is intended to be a collection first and foremost of his journalism, with preference given to lesser-known pieces and reviews as well as some of the poems he wrote. It is full of interest and curiosities" -- Jason Cowley * Financial Times * "Peter Davison gives us a feast of [Orwell's] shorter writings, showing how from such hesitant beginnings he evolved into the writer of enduring importance we know, committed to decency, equality and political honesty, who could nevertheless wax lyrical over the first signs of spring or an imaginary English pub" -- Gordon Bowker * Independent * "Davison, now in his late 80s, has grown grey in the service of Orwell Studies, but Seeing Things As They Are is one of his best efforts yet - possibly the best of all, for it succeeds in demonstrating quite how important hackwork was to Orwell's sense of his professional identity... At the same time, Seeing Things As They Are is full of dry runs, and the first stirrings of ideas that would be treated at greater length elsewhere" -- DJ Taylor * The National * "Seeing Things is packed with delights" * Camden Review *

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