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Nineteen Eighty-four (Penguin Essentials) Mass Market Paperback – 3 July 2008
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- Mass Market Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0141036141
- ISBN-13 : 978-0141036144
- Product Dimensions : 11.07 x 2.11 x 18.01 cm
- Publisher : Penguin; 01 Edition (3 July 2008)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 20,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer reviews:
Right up there among my favourite books I read it again and again (Margaret Atwood )
More relevant to today than almost any other book that you can think of (Jo Brand )
One of the most shocking novels of the twentieth century (Margaret Drabble )
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