From a very early age, perhaps the age of five or six, I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer.
This business of libel is becoming a nightmare – it appears that there now exist firms of crook solicitors who make a regular income by blackmailing publishers. (#71)
What worries me at present is the uncertainty as to whether the ordinary people in countries like England grasp the difference between democracy and despotism well enough to want to defend their liberties. (#158)
This is Volume 1 of The Collected Essays, Journalism, and Letters of George Orwell (of 4 volumes)
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In his 46 years, Orwell managed to publish ten books and two collections of essays. This volume, one in a set of four, brings together a selection of his non-fiction work - letters, essays, reviews and journalism. His work is broad in scope, moving from English cooking to totalitarianism.