I was having a bit of a sort through in the box room yesterday and picked up an old copy of Dialogue With Death. I sat down and leafed through the first dozen pages. Hooked, I went downstairs, put the kettle on, and read the whole thing through again to the end.
Brilliant. It’s still in print and available through your local library.
I romped through this in a day and can’t recommend it highly enough.
“The Ministry of Truth is the best book I have read in a long time. Fizzing with ideas yet superbly readable, it takes us though Orwell’s life and the development of twentieth-century utopias and dystopias, to the long afterlife of Orwell’s greatest work, read and misread during the Cold War as simple anti-communist propaganda, then in the 1980s as a failed prophecy, before finally and frighteningly showing it as a warning for our own age. When today 1984 is scrubbed from the internet in China, Russia weaponises lies on social media, and in the West a Trump adviser talks of “alternative facts” on his Inauguration Day, Lynskey's book is both a warning and an exhortation for us all to be stubborn as Orwell was with facts, and like Winston Smith to cling to the belief that 2+2=4.” C J Sansom.