Eric Arthur Blair (1903–1950), more commonly known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English journalist, essayist, critic, and novelist most famous for his novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four” (1949) and allegorical novella “Animal Farm” (1945). His work is characterised by an opposition to totalitarianism and biting social commentary, and remains influential in popular culture today. Many of his neologisms have forever entered the English language, including “Thought Police”, “Big Brother”, “Room 101”, “doublethink”, “thoughtcrime”, and “Newspeak” to name but a few. First published in 1935, “A Clergyman’s Daughter” tells the tale of a reverend’s daughter called Dorothy Hare who experiences amnesia and ends up living on the streets of London. There, she endures a life of poverty, hunger and unemployment that exposes her to a new social reality, changing her forever. Other notable works by this author include: “Burmese Days” (1934), “Keep the Aspidistra Flying” (1936), and “Coming Up for Air” (1939). Read & Co. Classics is proudly republishing this vintage novel now in a new edition complete with the introductory essay ‘Why I Write’.