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The Road to Wigan Pier

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The Road to Wigan Pier is a book by George Orwell. It was published in 1937. The first part of the book is about poverty in Lancashire and Yorkshire. It describes how people lived with very little money. In the second part of the book, the writer talks about how he thinks socialism could help make people's lives better.[1]

Background[change | change source]

George Orwell was paid to write a book about how people in Northern England lived. He travelled to different parts of the country to find out what people's lives were like. He stayed with families in different towns and also went to workplaces like coal mines.

Structure[change | change source]

The first part of the book talks about the way people lived. It talks about their houses, food, jobs and education. It describes what happened to people if they lost their jobs or became unwell.

The second part of the book talks about socialism. George Orwell explains why he thinks socialism would help poor people have better lives.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Sharrock, David (20 February 2011). "The road to Wigan Pier, 75 years on" – via www.theguardian.com.
  2. Kate (14 April 2016). "George Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier".