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George Orwell

The Road to Wigan Pier

Publisher: © 1974 Penguin Books, GB, London, ISBN 0 14 00. 1700 3.

Copyright: © the Estate of Eric Blair, 1937.

Cover illustration: by Ken Sequin.

Published in Penguin Books: 1962.

Reprinted: 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 (twice), 1974 (twice).

Made and printed: in Great Britain by Cox and Wyman Ltd., London, Reading and Fakenham.

Set: in Monotype Baskerville.

OCR: Mikhail V. Chernyshev; E-Mail:

By Penguin Books:

George Orwell's ‘Urban Rides’, in which he recorded the state of the nation in a time of mass unemployment.

These factual, shochking, but sublimely human reports, phrased in avivid style and shot with a wary mistrust of the political cant of the intelligencia of all hues, make Orwell's contemporary comment on the miner's life, on class, on slums, unemployment, and malnutrition ‘as fresh and stimulating as when he first wrote’ — Daily Telegraph

‘Orwell has, above all, an honest voice, clear, straight, and passionate’ — Guardian


The Road to Wigan Pier
George Orwell
Editors' Preface
George Orwell