For people who are on the verge of buying a collection of essays written by George Orwell, but who want to make sure they don’t end up buying lots of essays they already have in another collection, but can’t look that up because those essay collections are at home.

Penguin Great Ideas Series #20 | Why I write

  • Why I write
  • The lion and the unicorn
  • A hanging
  • Politics and the English language

Penguin Great Ideas Series #57 | Books v. Cigarettes

  • Books v. cigarettes
  • Bookshop memories
  • Confessions of a book reviewer
  • The prevention of literature
  • My country right or left
  • How the poor die
  • Such, such were the joys

Penguin Great Ideas Series #79 | Decline of the English murder

  • Clink
  • Decline of the English murder
  • Good bad books
  • Boys’ weeklies
  • Woman’s twopenny papers
  • The art of Donald McGill
  • Hop-picking diary

Penguin Great Ideas Series #99 | Some thoughts on the common toad

  • Some thoughts on the common toad
  • In defence of P.G. Wodehouse
  • A good word for the vicar of Bray
  • Politics vs literature: an examination of Gulliver’s Travels
  • Lear, Tolstoy and the fool
  • Shooting an elephant
  • In defence of English cooking
  • Benefit of clergy: some notes on Salvador Dali