Do you read banned books?

It’s Banned Books Week — when we celebrate books that have been targeted for being obscene, indecent, blasphemous, and seditious. Banning (and sometimes burning) books is popular in the USA, but there’s plenty of censorship going on in Australia, too.

Linguist Daniel Midgley finds the books they don’t want you to read on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

Banned Books Week runs the last week in September.

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The American Library Association is behind it all.

Lots of books get challenged in the USA

but there are plenty of banned books in Australia, too.

Science fiction was once a banned import in Australia after WWII:

Here’s just a partial list of books banned in Australia at one time or another:

We didn’t get time for Lady Chatterley’s Lover, but here it is in its entirety, thanks to Project Gutenberg.

Bret Easton Ellis is amused that his book American Psycho gets wrapped in plastic in Australia.

But the author of The Anarchist Cookbook now regrets its publication.

Looking for something to read? Try a banned classic: