In Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell’s prophetic novel about a future “world of lies”, the author wrote about a device called the Memory Hole. It is used to alter any record, like a press report or a photograph, that no longer fits with the ever-changing policies of the Big Brother regime. 

Now imagine an historian trying to retrieve even a few of those records before they are doctored or destroyed.  Would it be possible to reverse what Orwell described as a "process of continuous alteration" of the past? 

Into the Memory Hole is much more than a nostalgia trip. It is an attempt to re-evaluate our assumptions about human history, to rediscover the shocking truth about our own “world of lies”.


"I had no words to express the emotions churning around inside me. But I needed desperately to share the experience with someone who might understand. So I left the house to find a kindred spirit." (page 8) 

"John Charles McQuaid is not an obvious candidate for the underdog in this story; far from it.  But that is what he turned out to be." (p. 32)

"In the Irish Constitution, why does the name of a female pagan goddess appear directly beneath a description of God?" (p. 160)

"When I arrived I found the door unlocked.  As I went in, my legs suddenly went from under me and I fell down. It was as if some invisible force had compelled me to drop to the floor." ( p. 197)

"Jesus’ very existence was such a reproach to the 'ruler of this world' that, if Jesus himself could not be erased completely, his life would have to be misrepresented and distorted." (p. 293)


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