I'm just going to say it: I'm not an Orwell fan. He's a bit too 'I like to shove my political opinions down everyone's throat' for me, if that's even a thing. I don't go in for all those Big Brothers and Snowball and Napoleon kinda things, so I was pleasantly surprised when I read Down and Out in Paris and London. Sure, it's still a bit politicised (name me an Orwell work that isn't), but it's a bit more manageable, as its a bit more story guiding you along rather than political stance.
The book tells the partly autobiographical story of living in poverty in Paris and London, and captures the time it was written (1933) in a great manner, showing that, even at an early age, Orwell was a good writer. I may not like his books, but I can't deny he is a brilliant writer. That's what I love most about reading old books, the writing is just better.