Decline of the English Murder

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Penguin Books Limited, Aug 27, 2009 - Literary Collections - 128 pages
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In these timeless and witty essays George Orwell explores the English love of reading about a good murder in the papers (and laments the passing of the heyday of the 'perfect' murder involving class, sex and poisoning), as well as unfolding his trenchant views on everything from boys' weeklies to naughty seaside postcards.

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User Review  - quiBee - LibraryThing

These are a series of essays by George Orwell. He looks at how the English murder had declined in the modern day, trying to get arrested, living as a tramp, naughty postcards and what was behind all ... Read full review

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

The Penguin repackaging of George Orwell's essays leads to volumes with considerable overlap. To get new stuff, you get additional copies of the more famous works. There are seven essays here that I ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

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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