First published OTD in 1949, George Orwell’s dystopian novel ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’. The title of the novel, its themes, the Newspeak language and the author’s surname are often invoked against control and intrusion by the state, and the adjective Orwellian describes a totalitarian dystopia that is characterised by government control and subjugation of the people.

Orwell’s invented language, Newspeak, satirises hypocrisy and evasion by the state: the Ministry of Love (Miniluv) oversees torture and brainwashing, … More

OTD in 1843, Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, was first published. The new Laureate na nÓg, P.J. Lynch captures the spirit of Dickens’s beloved tale in a richly illustrated, unabridged paperback edition. A Christmas Carol has become as much a part of Christmas as trees, stockings and mistletoe. Ireland’s new Children’s Laureate P.J. Lynch breathes new life into Dickens’s classic ghostly tale for this magnificent paperback edition. Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean old skinflint, and our story opens on a Christmas Eve as cold as his heart.

In the dead of night, Scrooge is visited by the tormented ghost of his old friend Jacob Marley. Having led … More