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The Ministry of Truth The biography of George Orwell’s 1984

The-ministry-of-truth-grandparents-nz1984 isn’t just a novel; it’s a key to understanding the modern world. George Orwell’s final work is a treasure chest of ideas and memes – Big Brother, the Thought Police, Doublethink, Newspeak, 2+2=5 – that gain potency withevery year. Particularly in 2016, when the election of Donald Trump made it a bestseller (‘Ministry of Alternative Facts’, anyone?). Its influence has morphed endlessly into novels (The Handmaid’s Tale), films (Brazil), television shows (V for Vendetta), rock albums (Diamond Dogs), commercials (Apple), even reality TV (Big Brother).

The Ministry of Truth by Dorian Lynskey is the first book that fully examines the epochal and cultural event that is 1984 in all its aspects: its roots in the utopian and dystopian literature that preceded it; the personal experiences in wartime Britain that Orwell drew on as he struggled to finish his masterpiece in his dying days; and the political and cultural phenomena that the novel ignited at once upon publication and that far from subsiding, have only grown over the decades. It explains how fiction history informs fiction and how fiction explains history.

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Dorian Lynskey has been writing about music, film and politics for over 20 years for a huge number of titles, from the Guardian to Rolling Stone. His first book was 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History Of Protest Song.

MACMILLAN PUBLISHERS, RRP $37.99

The total prize is 2 x copies (2 winners) of The Ministry of Truth by Dorian Lynskey, RRP $37.99 each

The promoter is Grandparents NZ Ltd.

This competition commences Friday 9th August 2019 at 1000 and closes Monday 12th August 2019 at 2300 NZST.

Competition is open to NZ residents 18 years and over only. Employees of Grandparents NZ Ltd. and their affiliates, agencies and immediate family members are ineligible.

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