Published in 1933, Down and Out in Paris and London was Orwell’s first published full length work. It starts with an account of Orwell’s time in Paris, where he worked as a plongeur at Hotel X, before moving onto London. Orwell recounts his London tramping exploits with a cast of colourful characters (notably Bozo on the Embankment), a mix of accommodation and comments on everything from diet (mainly bread and margarine) to language.
This year The Orwell Foundation is bringing Down and Out in Paris and London to life in an immersive performance which asks searching questions about homelessness today. Find out more, and how you can be involved.
Read an introduction to the book, and the historical context, by UCL Professor Emeritus John Sutherland, courtesy of the British Library