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On 8th June 1949, George Orwell's classic book, Nineteen Eighty-Four, was first published.

Set in a fictional totalitarian society, Nineteen Eighty-Four conjured up nightmarish imagery of a bleak dystopian future. It's been an inspiration for film, music, literature and art - not to mention advertising! The Apple launch of the Mac in 1984, directed by Ridley Scott, is arguably one of the greatest commercials of the Twentieth century.

On a personal level this incredibly powerful work of political fiction exerted a hold on me as a young man and continues it's influence many decades on. I've therefore taken the timely opportunity to show a selection of covers that have been created through the years to encapsulate some of the most thought provoking pages of all time.

They are not all brilliant, some are very cliched, (how many times do we need to see the eye motif!) I'm sure you will have your own favourites.

Check out Shepard Fairey's interpretation in trademark Obey style and Jonathon Grays daring cover - No title!

1984 covers selection

Image via: www.holster.co.uk

1984 Shepard Fairey cover

Shepard Fairey, 2008

1984 Jonathon Gray cover

Jonathon Gray, Anniversary edition 2009
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