Essays And Journalism [The Real George Orwell]

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01A Hanging2013021820200127 (BBC7)
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Although most famous for his novels Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four, George Orwell was also a prolific essayist and journalist.

A selection of Orwell's non-fiction writing begins with the powerful essay, A Hanging, Orwell's account of an execution that he attended while serving in the Indian Imperial Police in Burma during the 1920's:

'It is curious, but til that moment I had never realised what it means to destroy a healthy, conscious man.'

Reader: Clive Merrison

Producer: David Jackson Young

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2003.

George Orwell's account of an execution in Burma in the 1920s

A journey exploring the man Eric Blair and the writer George Orwell

A selection of Orwell's non-fiction writing begins with the powerful essay, A Hanging, Orwell's account of an execution that he attended while serving in the Indian Imperial Police in Burma during the 1920's: 'It is curious, but til that moment I had never realised what it means to destroy a healthy, conscious man.'

George Orwell's account of an execution in Burma in the 1920s.

02Confessions Of A Book Reviewer2003061820200128 (BBC7)
20200129 (BBC7)

A selection of familiar and unfamiliar non-fiction pieces by the author of Animal Farm. Confessions of a Book Reviewer attempts to tell the terrible truth about writing reviews for a living while one of Orwell's As I Please columns tackles the oddities of the English language.

Reader: Clive Merrison

Producer: David Jackson Young

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2003.

George Orwell's attempts to tell the terrible truth about writing

A journey exploring the man Eric Blair and the writer George Orwell

03My Country Right Or Left2003061920200129 (BBC7)
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A selection of familiar and unfamiliar non-fiction pieces by the author of Animal Farm. In My Country Right or Left, Orwell attempts to reconcile his strong patriotic feelings with his left wing views.

Reader: Clive Merrison
Producer: David Jackson Young

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2003.

George Orwell's reconciling patriotism and left-wing views

A journey exploring the man Eric Blair and the writer George Orwell

04Pleasure Spots2003062020200130 (BBC7)
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A selection of Orwell's non-fiction.

The author's thoughts on the post-war prospects for the English tourist trade, taken from a 1944 edition of Orwell's regular Tribune column, "As I Please". Before that, an essay written in 1946 from the same publication : Pleasure Spots, which takes as its subject the precursors of today's theme parks - horribly artificial places from which the natural world has been excluded.

Read: Clive Merrison
Producer: David Jackson Young

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2003.

George Orwell on the subject of pleasure.

A journey exploring the man Eric Blair and the writer George Orwell

05As I Please2003062120200131 (BBC7)
20200201 (BBC7)

In this final selection of pieces, Orwell explores gullibility in modern society, ridicules the absurdities of the New Year's Honours List, and recalls a minor incident from his youth which helped to form his socialist outlook.

Read: Clive Merrison

Producer: David Jackson Young

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2003.

George Orwell on the absurdities of New Year's Honours.

A journey exploring the man Eric Blair and the writer George Orwell