Down and Out in Paris and London
George Orwell, Penguin, £8.99
Orwell’s first book-length work published in 1933 tells of life on the margins of society in Paris and London. The book takes the reader on a journey from the underbelly of Paris, where the main character works as a dishwasher, to the streets of London where he is forced to navigate the city’s network of tramp accommodation. Based on Orwell’s own experiences and targeting the upper classes, the book was written in a highly accessible language with the aim to expose urban poverty at the time.
Vicki Baum, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, £10.00 (in German)