10 Controversial Books That Have Been Banned


This 1955 novel by Vladimir Nabokov caused controversy in the United Kingdom and France with its story of a man who is obsessed with sex and marries a woman in order to begin a relationship with her 12-year-old daughter. Criticism centered on the obviously perverse themes and the pornographic sex acts described in the text, leading to the government confiscating all copies of it in England.

Into The River

Early in 2015, censors in New Zealand banned the book Into The River by author Ted Dawe. It was pulled from shelves and prohibited from being offered on sale as it was believed to fall foul of a law that was introduced in the country in 1993. Critics of the novel believed that it would be dangerous to youngsters due to the explicit sex scenes and drug use, while others complained that the government was effectively banning free speech. After a few weeks, the Film and Literature Board of Review lifted the ban.