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.
“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
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.”
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.
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
“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.
“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.