The Road to Wigan Pier, read by Jeremy Northam

16 Mar

If you enjoyed Jeremy Northam’s excellent George Orwell audiobooks Down and Out in Paris and London and Homage to Catalonia, you’ll be delighted to hear he has recently recorded The Road to Wigan Pier.

If ‘peerless prose’ could apply to one writer alone, I’d accord it to Orwell – The Guardian

From the CSA Word website:

Audible’s ‘LISTEN OF THE WEEK’ – for 12th March

The Road to Wigan Pier is a graphic and biting polemic, peculiarly suited to the medium of spoken word. It charts Orwell’s observations of working-class life during the 1930s in the industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire. His critical portraits of the harsh mining conditions and of social inequality, poverty and rising unemployment continue to carry a fierce political relevance, and would inform his major works of fiction, including Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm.

It is available as a 6 CD set, or as a download (the download is available for UK Audible users only) and is 7 hrs and 37 mins in length. You can hear a sample here.

We’ll be posting a review, so watch out for that.

4 Responses to “The Road to Wigan Pier, read by Jeremy Northam”

  1. LauraP March 16, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    Thanks for this Gill. That’s a nice long sample at the audible website. It’s wonderful to hear that lovely voice of his!

    • Gill Fraser Lee March 16, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

      I was rather hoping he might record this one, so I’m delighted.

  2. jules March 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    I’ve just listened to the first chapter – superb!

  3. Roe Tifft March 18, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    Dearest Gill,

    Thank you for always keeping us up to date on Jeremy. He’s so intelligent and he knows where to apply his talents. I always hope for more places for him to apply them. Have wonderful days and all the updates are exciting and fun. xxxxxxx I missed the review of the Coward, how is it doing and how are he and Lindsay Duncan doing? xxxx Roe as always superb scholarship.

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