Coming Up for Air

Coming Up for Air

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George Orwell's paean to the end of an idyllic era in British history, Coming Up for Air is a poignant account of one man's attempt to recapture childhood innocence as war looms on the horizon. George Bowling, forty-five, mortgaged, married with children, is an insurance salesman with an expanding waistline, a new set of false teeth - and a desperate desire to escape his dreary life. He fears modern times - since, in 1939, the Second World War is imminent - foreseeing food queues, soldiers, secret police and tyranny. So he decides to escape to the world of his childhood, to the village he remembers as a rural haven of peace and tranquillity. But his return journey to Lower Binfield may bring only a more complete disillusionment..."Very funny, as well as invigoratingly realistic...Nineteen Eighty-Four is here in embryo. So is Animal Farm...not many novels carry the seeds of two classics as well as being richly readable themselves." (John Carey, Sunday Times).

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 124 x 194 x 16mm | 200g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141185694
  • 9780141185699
  • 21,424

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About George Orwell

Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen-name, George Orwell, was born in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in twentieth-century literature. His unique political allegory Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with the dystopia of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame. His novels and non-fiction include Burmese Days, Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia.

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