A summary of some of the discussion of Nineteen Eighty-Four that took place in a reading group at HMP Ashfield.
Reflections on the psychology of powerlessness and proto-existentialism in George Orwell's work.
Suggested discussion topics for reading groups and individual readers.
An examination of the connections between a variety of works in the genre of dystopian fiction
A look at how the idea of Orwell's Thought Police is being applied in current debates over free speech
How the timelessness of the totalitarian impulse is one of the reasons Nineteen Eighty-Four resonates so strongly through the ages
An examination of the role played by Julia in Nineteen Eighty-Four in raising issues around totalitarian control of women's bodies.