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by George Orwell

One of the BBC’s ‘100 Novels that Shaped the World’


‘Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past’

Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal.

George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four is perhaps the most pervasively influential book of the twentieth century.

About the Author

George Orwell was one of the most important writers of teh twentieth century. Most famous for writing 1984, as well as his dark fable of power Animal Farm, Orwell had been a journalist for decades before the publication of his two most famous works. His first published work, Down and Out in Paris and London, exposed the levels of urban poverty that pervaded the two most (supposedly) advanced cities in Europe and scandalised readers with their depiction of life between the cracks of society.

Having written articles and for many years warning against the danger of rising fascism in Europe, Orwell risked his own life by heading to Spain in 1936 to fight on the Republican side during the Spanish Civil War. His experiences there eventually led to the publication of Homage to Catalonia. This wonderful book contains much of the original thinking that would go into Animal Farm and 1984, from the corrupting influence of power and the concept of doublethink.

Orwell died in London in 1950. His works have become a byword for watchfulness against the abuse of power and political language, and are studied by people fo all ages in schools and universities.

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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 12.8 × 3.5 × 19.7 cm