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Comrade-in-Suds | Christopher Robbins on George Orwell, Down & Out in Paris & London | Slightly Foxed archives

Comrade-in-Suds | From the Slightly Foxed archives

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Warm wishes from SF HQ, where we’re clattering through the archive and plunging into the world of the plongeur with Christopher Robbins and George Orwell.

Many of you may know the wonderful writing and colourful life of Christopher Robbins from his comic masterpiece, The Empress of Ireland (Slightly Foxed Edition No. 51). However, before he befriended the outrageous Irish film-maker Brian Desmond Hurst, as documented in that delicious memoir, he lived in Copenhagen, took a job as a scullion and found a copy of Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London. The book ‘seemed to be written by a soul mate, a letter from one unpublished writer and dishwasher to another.’

If your interest is piqued by these glimpses into our archive of articles, and you’re not already a card carrying member of Slightly Foxed, a subscription comes highly recommended: as well as receiving a handsome parcel each quarter, you’d be enjoying free access to the full digital archive of the magazine and discounted rates on all books and goods. A new subscriber once told us that we should post trial issues out with a health warning because Slightly Foxed is highly addictive – the more you read it, the more dependent on it you become. Be that as it may, if you’re prepared to take the risk by buying a subscription, we can promise you hours of entertainment, stimulation and the deep satisfaction that good writing can give.

Meantime, we’ll leave you with the late Christopher Robbins and his ‘comrade-in-suds’. Please click here to read the full article.

With best wishes from the SF office staff
Anna, Hattie & Jess

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