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Episode 5

Episode 5 of 10

George Bowling tells us about his first love, Elsie and his first fumbling attempts to get beyond a kiss.

Written by George Orwell in 1939, Coming Up For Air was published just before the outbreak of the Second World War and offers premonitions of the impending conflict with images of an idyllic Thames-side Edwardian-era childhood at the same time as taking a rather dim view of capitalism and its effects on the best of rural England.

The reviews were among the best that Orwell had received for a novel. It sold 3,000 copies - a considerable improvement on the response to his previous works.

Abridged by Ellin Stein
Read by Tim McInnerny

Produced by Clive Brill
A Brill production for BBC Radio 4

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