Paul's Picks: Coming Up for Air by George Orwell. Not one of his major books but very shrewd and insightful. Orwell was a great essayist but not really a novelist and 'Coming Up for Air' is, like his other novels, something of a hybrid essay-novel.
Meltdown by Ben Elton. "After the irresponsible, ignorant bliss of financial boom, stockbroker Jimmy and his family are forced to confront financial meltdown in this hilarious and deeply pertinent domestic drama.