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Druggie George Orwell Calculates Cost of His 6-Ounces-a-Week Tobacco Habit Versus Buying Books

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Mon, May 7, 2012 - 6:28 pm

How did George Orwell spend his money? Did he spend more money on “feel good” nicotine or on mind-altering books?! In the essay below he scrutinizes his and others’ expenses.

Books vs. Cigarettes

With prices as they now are, I am spending far more on tobacco than I do on books. I smoke six ounces a week, at half-a-crown an ounce, making nearly £40 a year.

(Actually one of the more interesting aspects of the above website is they have quite a few of his books in ePub form.)