Sign In Join Now
User Accessibility
  • Increase Font

  • Invert Colours

Search for a Book Browse Books Menu
Stream / Download

Audiobook streaming provided by:

OverDrive Logo

Share this book:

Coming Up For Air

AuthorGeorge Orwell

NarratorJonathan Oliver

Duration8h 45m

CategoriesAdult Fiction, Classics

PublisherSNR Audio

VersionUnabridged

  Save to Wish List
  Add to Favourites List

Coming Up for Air is a moving account of one man's attempt to recapture the innocence of childhood as war gravitates on the horizon.
George Bowling is forty-five, married with children, working as a suburban insurance salesman, and desperate to escape London. It's 1939 and the Second World War is imminent. Forseening the chaos it will bring George decides to escape to the smaller life of his childhood, to the village of Lower Binfield where everything is quiet and peaceful. But his journey may bring nothing more than chaos, confusion, and disillusionment.
Published in 1939, Coming Up for Air captures anxiety of a population awaiting war, the tension between tradition and progress, and is seen by many as the thematic precursor to both 1984 and Animal Farm.

0 (0 Reviews)
0
0
0
0
0

Related Titles

Nineteen Eighty-four Cover

Nineteen Eighty-four

Author: George Orwell

Nineteen Eighty-four

Author George Orwell

Narrator Andrew Wincott

Duration 12h 20m

1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three great powers: Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia. Throughout Oceania 'The Party' rules by the agency of four ministries whose power is absolute. In The Ministry of Truth, which deals in propaganda, Winston Smith's job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine t...

View Book
The Wind In the Willows Cover

The Wind In the Willows

Author: Kenneth Grahame

The Wind In the Willows

Author Kenneth Grahame

Narrator Alan Bennett

Duration 1h 17m

When the Water Rat invites the unassuming Mole to spend his first day ever in a boat on the river, and wise Badger comes along for the ride as well, so begins a marvellous season of adventure for the three friends. Mr Toad (he of Toad Hall) completes a happy foursome, but his tendency to get into hot water leads him into some rather hair-raising sc...

View Book
The Little Prince Cover

The Little Prince

Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Little Prince

Author Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Narrator Richard E. Grant

Duration 2h 12m

He is the Little Prince, the mysterious, innocent and beautiful boy who appears to a pilot stranded in the desert and makes an extraordinary request. He has captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world since his story first appeared in 1943, written down by an aristocratic French aviator who soon after disappeared during a flight acr...

View Book
Animal Farm Cover

Animal Farm

Author: George Orwell

Animal Farm

Author George Orwell

Narrator Timothy West

Duration 3h

Having got rid of their human master, the animals of Manor Farm look forward to a life of freedom and plenty. But as a clever, ruthless elite among them takes control, the other animals find themselves hopelessly ensnared in the old ways. Orwell's classic tale of power and corruption is an allegory of the Russian Revolution.

View Book
The Plague Cover

The Plague

Author: Albert Camus

The Plague

Author Albert Camus

Narrator James Jenner

Duration 11h 2m

In the small coastal city of Oran, Algeria, rats begin rising up from the filth only to die as bloody heaps in the streets. Shortly after, an outbreak of the bubonic plague erupts and envelops the human population. Albert Camus' The Plague is a brilliant and haunting rendering of human perseverance and futility in the face of a relentless terror bo...

View Book
Down and Out In Paris and London Cover

Down and Out In Paris and London

Author: George Orwell

Down and Out In Paris and London

Author George Orwell

Narrator Jeremy Northam

Duration 6h 54m

Orwell was arguably one of the first 'gonzo' journalists. In this unabridged, enlightening and often shocking expose of life on the streets of two of Europe's most romanticised and celebrated cities, Orwell describes in detail the day-to-day life of a 'down-and-out', which involves hunger, filth, derision and often prejudice and violence. Alcohol i...

View Book
Nicholas Nickleby Cover

Nicholas Nickleby

Author: Charles Dickens

Nicholas Nickleby

Author Charles Dickens

Narrator Simon Vance

Duration 31h 21m

The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dickens's novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventures of a hearty young hero in nineteenth-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman's son fallen upon hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccent...

View Book
The Yellow Wall-paper Cover

The Yellow Wall-paper

Author: Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Yellow Wall-paper

Author Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Narrator Various

Duration 1h 32m

Brought to you by Penguin. This Penguin Classic is performed by Jessica Brown Findlay, Jamael Westman and Sheila Atim. 'The color is hideous enough, and unreliable enough, and infuriating enough, but the pattern is torturing' Written with barely controlled fury after she was confined to her room for 'nerves' and forbidden to write, Gilman's pioneer...

View Book
Keep the Aspidistra Flying Cover

Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Author: George Orwell

Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Author George Orwell

Narrator Richard E Grant

Duration 9h 1m

Orwell's darkly comic novel centres around the life of Gordon Comstock, onetime advertising copywriter turned bookshop employee and struggling poet. Gordon's disdain for money and artistic compromise preclude his earning enough of a living to escape constant public embarrassment. On top of this, it gives him terrible trouble holding on to his girlf...

View Book
The Road To Wigan Pier Cover

The Road To Wigan Pier

Author: George Orwell

The Road To Wigan Pier

Author George Orwell

Narrator Jeremy Northam

Duration 7h 41m

A searing account of George Orwell's observations of working-class life in the bleak industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire in the 1930s. Graphically unforgettable descriptions of social injustice, cramped slum housing, dangerous mining conditions, hunger and unemployment are written with unblinking honesty, fury and great humanity. It c...

View Book