1985 (1978) by Anthony Burgess is composed of two sections: a series of essays on George Orwell‘s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which also touches on Burgess’ own earlier dystopian satire A Clockwork Orange (1962); and a novella, which is both a trubute to and parody of Orwell’s novel.

Workers English

One of the pleasures of the novella – and I say this as a Union Rep – is Workers English (WE), Burgess’ parody of English as spoken by the union movement.


  • Burgess, Anthony (1962) A Clockwork Orange
  • Burgess, Anthony (1978) 1985
  • Burges, Anthony (1978) ”Clockwork Oranges” in Burgess, Anthony (1978) 1985
  • Burgess, Anthony (1988) ”Introduction” to Burgess, Anthony (1962, 1988 Edition)

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