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Coming Up for Air (original 1939; edition 1969)
by George Orwell (Author)
Coming Up for Air by George Orwell (1939)
George Bowling, the hero of this comic novel, is a middle-aged insurance salesman who lives in an average English suburban row house with a wife and two children. One day, after winning some money from a bet, he goes back to the village where he grew up, to fish for carp in a pool he remembers from thirty years before. The pool, alas, is gone, the village has changed beyond recognition, and the principal event of his holiday is an accidental bombing by the RAF.
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An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.