Orwell works out that before the war he was spending £20 a year on beer & tobacco & that he currently spends £40 per year on tobacco. He works out the national average spent on beer & tobacco to be £40 a year. Noting that it is difficult to establish a relationship between the price of different types of books & the value derived from them…

Books v. Cigarettes

Orwell works out that if books are read simply recreationally, the cost per hour is less than the cost of a cinema seat. Therefore, reading is one of the cheapest recreations.

Beginning with a dilemma about whether he spends more money on reading or smoking, George Orwell’s entertaining and uncompromising essays go on to explore everything from the perils of second-hand bookshops to the dubious profession of being a critic, from freedom of the press to what patriotism really means.

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