The Paddington Library Reading Group took a closer look at Banned Books in September. The group felt that the banning of books was dependent on the social and political views appertaining at the time, for example, Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H Lawrence was banned in the 1930s, but following a significant court case in the 1960s the book was subsequently published.
Other titles were banned in certain countries – Solzhenitzyn’s The Gulag Archipelago, which criticized the Soviet Union’s approach to human rights, led to the author being harassed and sent to internal exile.
And some books have been banned by mistake!
Apparently, the white minority regime in South Africa banned the children’s book Black Beauty by Anna Sewell because it erroneously thought the title indicated political and social content at variance with the government’s policy!
Find out more on the Banned Books website, and look out for displays in your local library too.