Sales of George Orwell’s classic work 1984 have rocketed by 7,000% in the last week, in the aftermath of revelations concerning surveillance on US citizens by the American government.

Orwell’s bleak vision of the future, where citizens are monitored and observed by ‘Big Brother’, was a cautionary tale of an imagined future.

Now, however, it would appear that people are buying it as a kind of How To guide for living in an increasingly dystopian society.

If you are going to go out and buy it, please go and get a physical copy from a bookshop.  Downloading it to your Kindle via a tracked user account is just too much irony for one day.