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Soaring 1984 sales an Orwellian truth amid Trump's 'alternative facts'

New US president Donald Trump and his aides may have made incorrect or unprovable statements , but one truth is undeniable - sales of George Orwell's 1984 are soaring.

First published in 1949, Orwell's classic dystopian tale of a society in which facts are distorted and suppressed in a cloud of "newspeak", topped the best-seller list of Amazon.com on Tuesday evening.

The sales bump comes after the Trump administration's assertions that his inauguration had record attendance and his unfounded allegation that millions of illegal votes were cast against him in the US election.

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway coined an instant catchphrase on Sunday when she called his claims about crowd size "alternative facts", bringing comparisons on social media to 1984.

Orwell's book is not the only cautionary tale on the Amazon list.

Sinclair Lewis' 1935 novel about the election of an authoritarian president, It Can't Happen Here, was at No 46 and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World at 71.

Sales also were up for Hannah Arendt's seminal non-fiction analysis The Origins Of Totalitarianism.

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