Main content

Homage to Catalonia

Alan Johnston explains how Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell inspired him to become a journalist - and taught him some dark truths about politics.

Alan Johnston explains how "Homage to Catalonia" by George Orwell inspired him to become a journalist - and taught him some dark truths about politics. At one point Johnston looked to be destined for a career in town planning. But that all changed when he came across Orwell's book on the Spanish Civil War. "Homage to Catalonia" set Johnston off down a path that would take him to wars and upheaval in the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Afghanistan under the Taleban. He was on a journey that would eventually lead to his being kidnapped in Gaza.

Available now

15 minutes

Last on

Mon 19 Mar 2012 22:45

More episodes

Previous

You are at the first episode

See all episodes from The Essay

Broadcasts

The Book that Changed Me

The Book that Changed Me

Five figures from the arts and science introduce books that changed their lives and work.

Download The Essay

Download The Essay

Download all the episodes from the series and listen at your leisure.

Podcast