24 September 2010

A selection of controversial books will be available in Northamptonshire County Council libraries from this weekend (Saturday 25th September).

The books will be available as part of a London Libraries’ reader promotion called Banned Books, which will see sets of 50 books that have been banned or challenged in this country or overseas, historically or currently, in 28 libraries across the country.

Banned Books brings public libraries together with organisations that promote freedom of expression to raise awareness of censorship and raise the profile of libraries. The books have been selected by Article 19, Index on Censorship, English PEN and International PEN, the International Publishers Association, and UK librarians.

Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage, county council cabinet member said: “We are proud of our libraries and the wide range of resources that are available to local people and the Banned Books collection will add to this. Many of the titles are now regarded as well-loved classics, but by bringing together this collection, it allows readers to form their own opinions about the books.”

The Banned Books website www.banned-books.org.uk features information about the selected books, a Banned Books quiz and a listings calendar. It also features a competition to win a Sony Reader preloaded with ten banned e-books and runner-up prizes of the 50th anniversary edition of Lady Chatterley’s Lover With thanks to Penguin for providing books and e-books.

Cllr. Mike Harris, Public Affairs Manager of Index on Censorship said:
“Our public librarians are uniquely placed to give everyone access to unbiased, uncensored material on any subject. Perhaps more than any other profession, librarians find themselves dealing with the reality of censorship on a day to day basis. In bringing together these controversial titles of past and present, Banned Books gives us an opportunity to discuss what freedom of expression means today. We’re excited to be widening the debate through working in partnership with organisations such as Index on Censorship and English PEN. We’re also proud to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Lady Chatterley trial with Penguin Books”

Banned Books has been developed by Andy Ryan of stellar libraries, in partnership with London Libraries.

Additional information:

  • Banned Books will run in libraries in London Boroughs of Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, Hammersmith & Fulham, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Richmond, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Royal Boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea and Kingston, City of London and City of Westminster, and Bath & NE Somerset, Caerphilly, Devon, Herefordshire, Luton, Newcastle, North Yorkshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Stockport and Wirral Libraries.
  • Article 19 is a human rights organisation with a specific mandate and focus on the defence and promotion of freedom of expression and freedom of information worldwide. More information www.article19.org
  • Index on Censorship is Britain’s leading organisation promoting freedom of expression. With its global profile, its website provides up-to-the-minute news and information on free expression from around the world. More information www.indexoncensorship.org
  • English PEN is a registered charity working to promote literature and human rights. From defending the rights of persecuted writers to promoting literature in translation and running writing workshops in schools, English PEN seeks to promote literature as a means of greater understanding between the world's people. More information www.englishpen.org
  • International PEN, originally founded in 1921 to promote literature, today has 145 Centres in 104 countries around the world. It recognises that literature is essential to understanding and engaging with other worlds. More information www.internationalpen.org.uk
  • International Publishers Association. One of IPA's primary objectives is to fight censorship and to safeguard the fundamental freedom of expression, freedom to publish and freedom to access information. IPA defends the rights of authors and publishers to create and distribute the works of the mind in complete freedom. More information www.internationalpublishers.org
  • London Libraries is an organisation comprising 33 London library services. It adds value to the library sector in the capital through joined-up working in advocacy, marketing, workforce development, social inclusion, lifelong learning, and reader development.
  • stellar libraries was established in 2010 by Andy Ryan to deliver PR, and partnership development marketing programmes for public libraries.

For further information about the national Banned Books promotion, contact Andy Ryan stellar libraries, Telephone 07787 431219, Email andy.ryan@stellarlibraries.co.uk

Books featured in Banned Books 2010

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  • All quiet on the western front, Erich Remarque
  • American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis
  • And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson
  • Animal Farm, George Orwell
  • Beloved, Toni Morrison
  • Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
  • Blankets, Craig Thompson
  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  • Catch 22, Joseph Heller
  • A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
  • The Communist Manifesto, Marx & Engels
  • The Country Girls, Edna O’Brien
  • The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
  • Death Note 1, Tsugumi Ohba
  • The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemmingway
  • Forever, Judy Blume
  • Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic, Alison Bechdel
  • Go Tell It On The Mountain, James Baldwin
  • The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  • The Gulf Between Us, Geraldine Bedell
  • The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J K Rowling
  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  • Interventions, Noam Chomsky
  • July's People, Nadine Gordimer
  • Lady Chatterley's Lover, DH Lawrence
  • Last Exit to Brooklyn, Herbert Selby
  • Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  • Lysistrata, Aristophanes
  • Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
  • The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bukgakov
  • Naked Lunch, William Burroughs
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
  • Not Without My Daughter, Betty Mahmoody
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
  • Persepolis, Marjan Satrapi
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
  • The Proof of the Honey, Salwa al-Neimi
  • The Satanic verses, Salman Rushdie
  • Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  • Spoils of War, John Tirman
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  • Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller
  • Ulysses, James Joyce
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
  • We, Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • The Well of Loneliness, Radclyffe Hall
  • Wild Pigeon, Nurmuhemmet Yasin
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L Frank Baum