Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
Book of the week: This one will sing to anyone who’s ever worked in a restaurant or hotel. Written in the late 1920s while working shit jobs and living hand-to-mouth, Orwell captures the universality and gloom of the service industry and reveals insight about the differences and similarities between the rich and the poor that still hit today. (See also: The Road to Wigan Pier.) Orwell might be my favourite writer of them all.