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Nineteen Eighty-Four

by George Orwell

Part of the Penguin Essentials Series

eBooks of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

Nineteen Eighty-Four Synopsis

Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent - even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101. Nineteen Eight-Four is George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime.

Nineteen Eighty-Four Press Reviews

'His final masterpiece. Enthralling and indispensible for understanding modern history' Timothy Garton Ash


'Right up there among my favourite books ... I read it again and again' Margaret Atwood


'More relevant to today than almost any other book that you can think of' Jo Brand


'One of the most shocking novels of the twentieth century' Margaret Drabble


'The book of the twentieth century' Ben Pimlott

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ISBN: 9780141036144
Publication date: 03/07/2008
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780141187761
Publication date: 29/01/2004
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback (b Format)

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141036144
Publication date: 3rd July 2008
Author: George Orwell
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Classic science fiction,

About George Orwell

Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell) was born in 1903 in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. The family moved to England in 1907 and in 1917 Orwell entered Eton, where he contributed regularly to the various college magazines. From 1922 to 1927 he served with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, an experience that inspired his first novel, Burmese Days (1934). Several years of poverty followed. He lived in Paris for two years before returning to England, where he worked successively as a private tutor, schoolteacher and bookshop assistant, and contributed reviews and articles to a number of periodicals. Down and Out in ...

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