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Gia đình Orwell sau đó sống sáu tháng tại Morocco để ông bình phục vết thương, và trong giai đoạn này, ông đã viết cuốn tiểu thuyết trước chiến tranh cuối cùng của mình, Coming Up For Air. As the most English of all his novels, the alarms of war mingle with idyllic images of a Thames-side Edwardian childhood enjoyed by its protagonist, George Bowling. Much of the novel is pessimistic; industrialism and capitalism have killed the best of old England. There were also massive and new external threats and George Bowling puts the totalitarian hypothesis of Borkenau, Orwell, Silone and Koestler in homely terms: "Old Hitler's something different. So's Joe Stalin. They aren't like these chaps in the old days who crucified people and chopped their heads off and so forth, just for the fun of it … They're something quite new — something that's never been heard of before."
After the ordeals of Spain and writing the book about it, most of Orwell's formative experiences were over. His finest writing, his best essays and his great fame lay ahead. In 1940, Orwell closed up his house in Wallington and he and Eileen moved into 18 Dorset Chambers, Chagford Street, NW1. He supported himself by writing freelance reviews, mainly for the ''New English Weekly'' but also for ''Time and Tide'' and the ''New Statesman''. He joined the [[British Home Guard]] soon after the war began (and was later awarded the "British Campaign Medals/Defence medal").