i bought this george orwell book recently on a trip to the Uk. the only other orwell book i've read in full has been 'animal farm'. i started reading '1984' but it didn't really have that pull for me, (sorry). i did however quite enjoy 'down and out in paris and london', and i'm wondering if any of you have read it (or any other lesser-known orwell novels for that matter)? & if so, how did you enjoy them? i must admit, part of the attraction to the book for me was probably the fact that i had just been to london for the first time. synopsis from amazon.co.uk: Written when Orwell was a struggling writer in his twenties, the book documents his 'first contact with poverty': sleeping in bug-infested hostels and doss houses, working as a dishwasher in Paris, surviving on scraps and cigarette butts, living alongside tramps, a star-gazing pavement artist and a starving Russian ex-army captain. Exposing a shocking, previously hidden world to readers, Orwell gave a human face to poverty, and in doing so, found his voice as a great writer.