Surge of Sales for Dystopia Forces Penguin to Reprint Orwell’s 1984

By January 25, 2017Literature, News, Political, Political

75,000 New Copies to be Printed

Penguin, the publisher of classic dystopian novel 1984 has ordered a 75,000 copy reprint of the book this week in demand of a surge in sales since President Trump’s inauguration. 1984 has been long compared with political movements, but in the world of alternative facts, it seems commentators believe we have finally descended in a world of ‘newspeak’ and sales of the novel are the highest for years and it’s the Number 1 bestseller on Amazon right now.

In the novel it’s believed that he who controls the future controls the present and by changing the facts of the past using ‘newspeak’ ‘doublespeak’ and propaganda, you take power on the present and the future. Amazon reviewers have been keen to point out that terms like post-truth, alternative facts and alt-right have a definite Orwellian theme to them, new words for new truths, or as they called them in the old days, lies.

Across the Internet commentators are drawing parallels between the Orwell novel and the current US political situation with Internet propaganda and alternative news sites being compared to the Ministry of Truth and the Daily Hate. Today a BBC radio presenter today even compared Trump’s Twitter diatribe to the telescreens spewing out nonsense and propaganda in the novel.

Here’s a taste of Twitter today:



 

While in the past parallels have been drawn to 1984 during times of political instability, it’s never forced an urgent reprint of the novel. Thank goodness our governments don’t ban books… Yet (We have always banned books, and we’ve always been at war with Eastasia)

Joining 1984 in the bestseller list is Huxley’s Brave New World, Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and It Can’t Happen Here, and if you haven’t read them all, you should do so anyway, whatever the political climate!

Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, Ditches Overdue Fees

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Bookworms who live in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be pleased to learn that, on July 1st, the Salt Lake City Public library will be doing away with fees for overdue books. A press release recently published states: “Starting July 1, overdue fines at the Salt Lake City Public Library will be filed under the Dewey Decimal class 930 — ancient history.” Read More

Theakston Crime Novel of the Year Shortlist Revealed for 2017

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The shortlist for the Old Peculier Theakston Crime Novel of the year was announced yesterday, reducing the original longlist down to six fantastic crime novels, all worthy winners of the award.

The shortlist contains some well known names in the crime genre, such as Val McDermid and Chris Brookmyre, who have both been nominated in previous years, and some newer authors you may not have heard of. Read More

Book Donations Required After School Fire

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The Kugaardjuq School in Kugaaruk serves a remote community with three hundred students and 45 employees. The school is a lifeline in such a remote community of just 900, but in March disaster struck as the school was gutted by fire. An arsonist has been charged with the crime of burning down the school, but while most media outlets are reporting the fire, we’re supporting an appeal for donated books! Read More

BBC Books to Publish first Doctor Who Poetry Collection

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With Illustrations by Russell T. Davies!

Books and Doctor Who go together like bread and jam. The Doctor is enthused by knowledge and learning and in his own words “Books, the best weapons in the world!” and so I’m pretty excited to hear the news that the first Doctor Who Poetry Collection is coming and will be published by BBC Books later this year. Read More



2 Comments

  • One of You says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I can only hope that people read these books and realize that this is what we’re heading for in the United States in 2017. I fear we may wind up not like Nazi Germany, but like North Korea with its isolationism. I want to live in a world of truth, not in a fantasy world concocted by the US government.

  • Apul says:

    Seriously that’s absurd.

    Sad that people have ignored the Orwellian reality we’ve been living in since 9/11

    – continuous war
    – panopticon surveillance
    – torture
    – persecution of whistle blowers
    – suspension of habeas corpus
    – “news” outlets that are willing propaganda machines

    Yeah but now that Trump is President people are all concerned. Very sad.

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