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This is a truly astonishing piece of news.  Amazon, the world’s best known on-line retailer has run out of a book.  A Book! And it’s Americans that are trying to buy it!  And on top of that it is a real book (doubtless I will be shot down for that ) dealing with a classic dystopian state ruled over by a dictator who mangled the language to promote misunderstanding.

Of course you have already guessed, it’s George Orwell’s 1984, a book written in 1948 and more relevant to today one cannot imagine, and the great thing is that people are looking to read it.  Not watch a TV version or a film, though there are great versions of each, but to sit down quietly and take the time to get the whole effect.

And the rush is so unexpected that Amazon have been caught on the hop.  Not that we need to worry.  Penguin books are rushing through a reprint as fast as their little presses can manage.  You could doubtless get it through other outlets or second hand bookshops it you absolutely must get it today.

And could I recommend that if you enjoyed 1984, you might like Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” or Portman’s “Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business” or indeed Sinclair Lewis’s “It can’t happen here“.

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