An apocalyptical codex of our worst fears.
Nineteen Eighty-Four has not just sold tens of millions of copies – it has infiltrated the consciousness of countless people who have never read it.
The phrases and concepts that Orwell minted (coined) have become essential fixtures of political language. Popular ones include: newspeak, Big Brother, the thought police, doublethink, memory hole, 2+2=5 and the ministry of truth.
The word Orwellian has turned the author’s own name into a capacious synonym for everything he hated and feared.