15 timeless observations from history’s greatest dystopian novels

The dystopian novel has a long, dark and intriguing history. Kicking off in 1726 with Jonathan Swift’s rip-roaring satire Gulliver’s Travels, it’s gone through numerous transformations in the last three centuries. One thing all these books share, though, is that they make us think long and hard about the societies we live in.

Novel story: 14 little known facts about the writing of 1984

George Orwell's 1984 has been translated into sixty-five languages, yet is one of the world's top ten most banned books. What is it about this iconic novel, which has made it so widely read yet so subversive? To find out read these little known facts about the story of its creation.

Folk of Genius: The 5 unusual habits of George Orwell

George Orwell: the originator of Big Brother, Double-Speak and the Thought Police, author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, numerous non-fiction books and journalism, one-time BBC producer, soldier and socialist. One of the greats, no doubt about it. But like many creative sorts, Orwell had his idiosyncrasies...