24 Jul 2019

Orwell's 1984. 70 years on and still too close for comfort

From Nine To Noon, 10:07 am on 24 July 2019
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It is hard to escape the influence of George Orwell's Nighteen-eighty Four.

Phrases and concepts like, 'Big Brother', the 'Thought Police', 'Room 101', 'Doublespeak' and even 'Orwellian' have infiltrated the language and consciousness of countless individuals whether they've read the book or not.

But it is more than just a collection of memes, which is perhaps why many people reached for it around the election of Donald Trump.

Alternative facts anyone ? UK journalist Dorian Lynskey has written the first biography of 1984 that examines the novel in all its aspects. It is called The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell's 1984.