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Dorian Lynskey

A musical journalist for The Guardian and writer specialising in the intersection between popular culture and politics.

He has worked with The Observer, GQ, Q, Empire, Billboard, and The New Statesman and is presenter of the popular podcast on Brexit, “Remainiacs”. He is author of the acclaimed book 33 Revolutions per Minute: A History of Protest Songs (in Spanish, 33 revoluciones por minuto. Historia de la canción protesta, Malpaso, 2015), a cultural history of music as a mechanism of political participation throughout the twentieth century. This study was awarded the New Musical Express (NME) Prize for best book of the year and was also recognised as the best music book in 2011 by the Daily Telegraph. He has recently published The Ministry of Truth: The Biography of George Orwell’s 1984 (Pan Macmillan, 2019), a fascinating account of the many lives of 1984, from its origins in utopian literature of the early twentieth century to its huge cultural influence around the world, while also describing the different ways it has been read in each new political period. The book has been longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize and the Orwell Prize of Political Writing.

Update: 29 May 2020


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Dorian Lynskey and Jordi Puntí

The Present Relevance of "1984"