Keep the Aspidistra FlyingKeep the Aspidistra Flying
(first published 1936
) is a novel
by George Orwell
. It is set in 1930s London
and the surrounding countryside. The protagonist is an aspiring poet whose singular obsession in life is not to sell out.
An aspidistra is a spiny houseplant that at the time was widely considered a symbol of dull middle-class British taste. It is portrayed as indestructible in the novel.
Keep the Aspidistra Flying was filmed in 1997 by Robert Bierman based on a screenplay by Alan Plater and starring Richard E. Grant and Helena Bonham Carter.