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Banned Books Week 2020

Banned Books - eBooks
0007496966
Author: Bradbury, Ray, 1920-2012, author.
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0714546747
Author: Lawrence, D. H. 1885-1930, author.
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140702101X
Author: Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963.
Year 2004.
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1473517710
Author: Lee, Harper, author.
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014191503X
Author: Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.
Year 2000.
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1409015742
Author: Remarque, Erich Maria, 1898-1970.
Author: Murdoch, Brian, 1944-
Year 2003.
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Banned Books - eAudio
0792753526
Author: Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963, author.
Narrator: York, Michael, 1942- narrator.
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1471317269
Author: Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968, author.
Narrator: Sheehan, Robert, narrator.
Narrator: Fairley, Michelle, narrator.
Narrator: Zubin, Varla, narrator.
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1473517761
Author: Lee, Harper, author.
Narrator: Spacek, Sissy, narrator.
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1510079998
Author: Lawrence, D. H. 1885-1930, author.
Narrator: Peake, Maxine, narrator.
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1910281182
Author: Starkey, Dan, voice actor.
Author: Remarque, Erich Maria, 1898-1970.
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Banned Books Week 2020

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and highlights the many subversive, taboo and inconvenient books that are either restricted and/or censored. The following are all available to borrow from Lincs Inspire Libraries, for you to borrow and make up your own mind about.


Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
9780006546061 - Paperback
9780007496969 - eBook

“The temperature at which book paper catches fire, and burns.” In the future in the US books are outlawed and burnt.

This book has been censored and challenged in schools in the US.

In 2006, parents of a 10th-grade high school student in Montgomery County,  demanded the book be banned from their daughter's English class reading list. Their daughter was assigned the book during Banned Books Week, but stopped reading several pages in due to what she considered the offensive language and description of the burning of the Bible. In addition, the parents protested the violence, portrayal of Christians, and depictions of firemen in the novel


The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
9780141185064 - Paperback
9780141915036 - eBook
9781471317262 - eAudio

A family of tenant farmers leave Oklahoma for California during the Great Depression.

This book has been burnt and banned in the US. It was also briefly banned in the Soviet Union under Stalin (the regime was troubled by the fact that destitute Americans could afford a car)


The Colour Purple - Alice Walker
9781780228716 - Paperback

The struggles of Celie a woman in the Southern United States in the early 1900’s.

Challenged and banned in many schools in the US. After nine months of haggling and delays, a divided Oakland Board of Education gave formal approval for the book’s use. It was challenged because of its “sexual and social explicitness” and it’s “troubling ideas about race relations, man’s relations to God, African history, and human sexuality.”


To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
9781784752637 - Paperback
9781473517714 - eBook
9781473517769 - eAudio

A coming of age novel about growing up amid racial and class tensions in the Deep South.

It is frequently challenged for racist language and attitudes. It was called a “Filthy, trashy novel.”, in Vernon Verona Sherill, a New York School District in 1980.


All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Remarque
9780099496946 - Paperback
9781409015741 - eBook
9781910281185 - eAudio (BBC Drama)

This novel describes the experience of a young man in the trenches in World War One. 

The book was banned and burnt in Nazi Germany for being unpatriotic and anti-war 


Brave new world - Aldous Huxley
9780099518471 - Paperback
9781407021010 - eBook
9780792753520 - eAudio

“anti-religion, anti-family, and extremely blasphemous”

Set in an ‘ideal society’ where the government provides drugs to keep people happy, casual sex is encouraged, there are no nuclear families and babies come from test tubes.   All are conditioned to be content with their pre-destined roles and books are banned.  Outside this state are the tribes of ‘savages’, who reproduce and develop naturally.

Published in 1932, it was banned in Ireland (see quote above – possibly missing the satire) and in Australia from 1932 to 1937 for obscenity - the potential to “deprave or corrupt” its reader.  


Lady Chatterley’s lover - D H Lawrence
9780141192178 - Paperback
9780714546742 - eBook
9781510079991 - eAudio

“Is it a book that you would even wish your wife or your servants to read?”

Explicitly portrays the affair between an upper-class married woman and the gamekeeper on her husband’s estate, with language considered unprintable at the time.  It threatened the status quo with regard to both sex and class.

First published privately in France and Italy in the 1920s, the unexpurgated edition was not published in Britain until 1960 and led to a trial under the Obscene Publications Act of 1959.  Penguin proposed to sell the book for three shillings and sixpence, making it more widely available than was felt acceptable.  After their victory in the case, Penguin sold 3 million copies in the next three months.  Also banned in Australia, the USA, Canada, India and Japan.

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Banned Books - Paperbacks
0006546064
Author: Bradbury, Ray, 1920-2012.
Year 1993.
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0141192178
Author: Lawrence, D H.
Year 2010.
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0141185066
Author: Steinbeck, John
Year 2000
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0099518473
Author: Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963, author.
Year 2007
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1780228716
Author: Walker, Alice, 1944- author.
Year 2014
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0099496941
Author: Remarque, Erich Maria, 1898-1970.
Author: Murdoch, Brian.
Year 2005.
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1784752630
Author: Lee, Harper
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