By George Orwell
Read by Samuel West
The Spanish Civil War had a profound influence on Orwell's Political thought and literary work. In Homage to Catalonia he brings to bear all the force of his humanity, passion and clarity, describing with bitter intensity the bright hopes and cynical betrayals of that chaotic episode. It was a struggle that exemplified some of the greatest moral problems of the century, and writing of its influence Orwell said, 'Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic Socialism, as I understand it."
Samuel West has appeared in numerous theatrical productions, including The Importance of Being Earnest and Arcadia. His work for television includes Edward VII and As Time Goes By, and among his films are Howards End and Carrington. He takes the role of Lockwood in the Penguin audiobook of Wuthering Heights.