Nineteen Eighty-Four (Vintage Classics HB)
The year is 1984, and life in Oceania is ruled by the Party. Under the gaze of Big Brother, Winston Smith yearns for intimacy and love - "thought crimes" that, if uncovered, would mean imprisonment, or death. But Winston is not alone in his defiance, and an illicit affair will draw him into the mysterious Brotherhood and the realities of resistance.
Nineteen Eighty-Four has been described as chilling, absorbing, satirical, momentous, prophetic and terrifying. It is all these things, and more.
"The book of the twentieth century...haunts us with an ever-darker relevance" * Independent * "His final masterpiece... Enthralling and indispensable for understanding modern history" * New York Review of Books * "Orwell remains the most indispensable English writer of his period" * Observer * "Matchlessly sharp and fresh... The clearest and most compelling English prose style this century" -- John Carey * Sunday Times * "Many writers and journalists have tried to imitate his particular kind of clarity without possessing anything like his moral authority" -- Peter Ackroyd * The Times *
George Orwell (1903-1950) is one of England's most famous writers and social commentators. He is the author of the classic political satire Animal Farm and the dystopian masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four. He is also well known for his essays and journalism, particularly his works covering his travels and his time fighting in the Spanish Civil War. His writing is celebrated for its piercing clarity, purpose and wit and his books continue to be bestsellers all over the world.