Book banning is unfortunately an ancient practice that has been in place ever since words first began being scribbled over pages.
Happily, however, many of the books that were once banned in different corners of the world are now available to read once again.
Here are five of the best.
1.Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Lady Chatterley’s Lover was banned in Australia from the moment of its publication in 1928 right up until 1965.
The novel, penned by D.H. Lawrence, tells the story of a young married woman who embarks on an affair with her gamekeeper and was considered quite obscene at the time as it depicted scenes of a sexual nature along with adultery, commentary on the class system and the idea that a woman has her own desires and sexual needs.
It’s quite the captivating page turner.
2. Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho
Both the sale and purchase of the novel American Psycho were banned in the Australian state of Queensland at the time of publication. Now, however, the novel is available in public libraries and for sale to people 18 years and older.
While not an easy read, Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho is a captivating yet incredibly disturbing piece of writing. It follows Wall Street worker/psychopath Patrick Bateman’s adventures through rape, torture, cannibalism, murder and necrophilia.
3. George Orwell’s Animal Farm
Animal Farm is so much more than a book you may have been forced to read in school.
The brilliant allegory depicts the history of a revolution that went wrong, via farm animals, and is a clever piece of commentary on the corrupting influence of power.
George Orwell’s novella was first published in August 1945, yet when he first completed the book he found that no publisher would print it, due to its criticism of the USSR, an important ally of Britain in the War.