by George Orwell
In terms of cultural impact, they don’t come bigger than Orwell’s 1949 masterpiece. Politics, films, music and TV have all borrowed from the book, and the word Orwellian gets thrown around to describe everything from the NSA to Chatroulette.
Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four on the Scottish Island of Jura, while severely ill with tuberculosis. Given that the latest flu bug left us barely able to think, we’re doubly impressed by the passion, imagination and red hot anger in this book.
It’s been so studied, copied and parodied that it’s easy to forget the book at the centre of it all. So turn off your webcam, pour yourself a Victory Gin, and party like it’s 1984.
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