Sales of 1984 soar after Donald Trump’s advisor uses ‘alternative facts’

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Donald Trump and his team have been accused of making grand statements that can’t be proved – and one classic book is seeing a sales surge as a result.

George Orwell’s 1984, the classic dystopian tale of a society in which facts are distorted and suppressed in a cloud of “newspeak”, has seen a spike in sales of late.

First published in 1949, the book topped the best-seller list on Amazon this week.

The sales bump comes after the Trump administration’s false claims that his inauguration had record attendance – even going so far as to organise a press conference confirming the statement.

Alternative facts: Donald Trump disputed claims about crowd numbers on Inauguration Day (Rex)
Alternative facts: Donald Trump disputed claims about crowd numbers on Inauguration Day (Rex)

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Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway coined an instant catchphrase on Sunday when she called his claims about crowd size “alternative facts”, bringing comparisons to 1984.

Orwell’s book is not the only cautionary tale on the Amazon list – Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 novel about the election of an authoritarian president, It Can’t Happen Here, was at No 46, while Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World climbed to 71.

Sales also were up for Hannah Arendt’s seminal non-fiction analysis The Origins Of Totalitarianism.

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