Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

Homage to Catalonia (1938) is George Orwell‘s personal account of his experiences and observations in the Spanish Civil War. An excellent summary is offered at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homage_to_catalonia. This is a ‘must read’ of our cultural heritage.

Available in paperback at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Homage-Catalonia-Penguin-Modern-Classics/dp/0141183055/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389871149&sr=8-1&keywords=homage+to+catalonia

There are two excellent episodes of the BBC Radio 4 programmes to go with this. First is the ‘In Our Time’ episode on the Spanish Civil War, available at the link   http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00548wn   With Paul Preston, Principe de Asturias Professor of Contemporary Spanish History at the London School of Economics; Helen Graham, Professor of Spanish History at Royal Holloway, University of London; and Dr Mary Vincent, Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Sheffield University. First broadcast on Thursday 3 April 2003.

Second is the episode on Orwell in the ‘Great Lives’ series chaired by Matthew Parris. Available from the link  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01mqpgh  In this, former Home Secretary Alan Johnson explains why Orwell was crucial to his education and political development. First broadcast Fri 21 Sep 2012.

272 pages in Penguin Classics paperback edition

ISBN 978-0141183053

George Orwell

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