Renowned urban artist Shepard Fairey's new look for Orwell's
classic account of life on the streets To be poor and destitute in
1920s Paris and London was to experience life at its lowest ebb.
George Orwell, penniless and with nowhere to go, found himself
experiencing just this as he wandered the streets of both capitals
in search of a job. By day, he tramped the streets, often passing
time with 'screevers' or street artists, drunks and other hobos. At
night, he stood in line for a bed in a 'spike' or doss house, where
a cup of sugary tea, a hunk of stale bread and a blanket were the
only sustenance and comfort on offer. Down and Out in Paris and
London is George Orwell's haunting account of the streets and those
who have no choice but to live on them.