Doing it by the bookBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1539 (Published 15 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1539
- Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
It’s exam season. I recently happened upon my old English exam paper and stirred some old memories. The invigilator’s jangling keys, sun streaming through the windows, and students slumped at graffitied desks. I chewed my pen as I wrote a comparison of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. As an intense teenager I felt comfortable with dystopia. And with the return of broodiness in middle age I wonder if these fictional novels have any resonance with today’s wealthy utopia.