Coming Up for Air

novel by George Orwell

Coming Up for Air is a novel by George Orwell. It was published in 1939, just before the beginning of World War II. It tells the story of a man called George Bowling who sees the world changing around him.

Coming Up for Air
AuthorGeorge Orwell
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherVictor Gollancz
Publication date
12 June 1939
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages237 (UK hardcover edition)
Preceded byHomage to Catalonia 
Followed byInside the Whale 



Orwell wrote the book in Morocco. He was there to get better after being shot in the Spanish Civil War.

George Bowling is a 45 year old man who lives with his wife and children. He thinks about when he was a child and he used to enjoy spending time outdoors and going fishing. He wins some money on a horse race and decides to spend it on visiting the town where he grew up. When he returns to the town, he sees that everything has changed and that all the good things from his memories are now gone.[1]


  1. "Coming Up for Air". The Orwell Prize.