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10 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Nineteen Eighty-Four

It's 66 years since George Orwell's most famous novel was published, and it's fair to say that it's been pretty influential.

In fact, such was its almost unerring accuracy in predicting the future that it's hard not to believe that George himself actually invented a time machine, took a quick glimpse at modern life and then hurried back to 1949 to describe exactly what he'd seen. He missed out the bit about cat videos though, we're not sure why.

Describing life under 'Big Brother', the novel has reached far into our real lives - providing a host of well-known phrases and terms, including the umbrella term for government-sponsored deception, surveillance and manipulation of recorded history: 'Orwellian'.

Discover 10 things that you may not know about this classic by clicking on the gallery below.

(Images: Ken Craig/Shutterstock/Rex)

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