The road to Wigan pier

Front Cover
Secker & Warburg, 1997 - Fiction - 231 pages
204 Reviews
In the 1930s Orwell was sent by a socialist book club to investigate the appalling mass unemployment in the industrial north of England. He went beyond his assignment to investigate the employed as well-" to see the most typical section of the English working class." Foreword by Victor Gollancz.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Orwell is probably still the best English writer. - Goodreads
His insight about class still resonates today. - Goodreads
What a vivid writer Orwell is. - Goodreads
I chose this book because I like Orwell's writing. - Goodreads
Thank God for a writer who can tell it like it is! - Goodreads

Review: The Road to Wigan Pier

User Review  - Christian Bergland - Goodreads

Functionally two closely related books in one. The first covers Orwell's time living in hideous conditions amongst coal miners in the north of England. The second addresses Orwell's own evolution as a socialist while offering incredibly prescient views on the future of industrial society. Read full review

Review: The Road to Wigan Pier

User Review  - Connie Kronlokken - Goodreads

As a journalist, Orwell lived in villages near Manchester and Sheffield during the time coal was still being dug out of the mines, finding it was some of the hardest labor he had ever seen. He goes ... Read full review


Section 1
Section 2
Section 3

12 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information