Jacket for 'Shooting An Elephant and Other Essays'


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Shooting An Elephant and Other Essays

By George Orwell

Published Jan 2010

Shooting an Elephant is Orwell’s searing account of his experience as a police officer in imperial Burma; killing an escaped elephant in front of a crowd ‘solely to avoid looking a fool’. The other masterly essays in this collection include classics such as My Country Right or Left. How the Poor Die and Such, Such Were the Joys, his memoir of the horrors of public school, as well as discussions of Shakespeare, sleeping rough and boys’ weeklies and a spirited defence of English cooking. Opinionated, uncompromising, provocative and hugely entertaining, all show Orwell’s unique ability to get to the heart of any subject.

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