George Orwell’s seminal book on life in Britain in the 1930’s before the old world order changed forever with the apocalyptic second world war which swept away the British Empire and the old certainties……began in Birmingham on his way north through the Black Country and Staffordshire and then through south Manchester and onwards through Lancashire ending up in Wigan where great contemporary writer and broadcaster hails from. His humorous tome: “Pies and Prejudice” tells the story of the North of England….pies, mills, flat caps and whippets and pigeons….not forgetting the “bread and circus” of the people of the North, especially the Industrial North-West centred on the great industrial Metropolese of Manchester and Liverpool…..football…Tellingly Orwell began his sojourn in Birmingham which was the cradle of the Industrial Revolution with Matthew Boulton and James Watt and the Lunar Society fomenting that revolution in Birmingham with their steam engines which powered the Industrial Revolution…..
George Orwell travelled across Britain documenting austerity and its affects in British cities, including Birmingham, as part of his Journey to Wigan Pier (Photographs: Adam Yosef/Public Domain)
Just like Orwell, writers Ros Wynne-Jones and Claire Donnelly are going to visit towns and cities across the UK to see how people are living and coping with austerity.
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