Obey George Orwell

Penguin Books has commissioned Shepard Fairey of Obey to create two new book covers – for two George Orwell classics: Animal Farm and 1984.

Animal Farm book cover by Shepard Fairey

Penguin Books has commissioned Shepard Fairey of Obey to create two new book covers – for two George Orwell classics: Animal Farm and 1984.

The re-issues will be available from 3 July.

1984 book cover by Shepard Fairey

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