S6 E5 Dirty Foreigners: O’Brien ‘The Lonely Girl’ (1962)

This novel is the further adventures of Caithleen and her sidekick Baba in the big city, as they search for fun, love and a free meal. A sequel to ‘The Country Girls’ (1960) it was automatically banned by a board who hated its author.

The cover art of O’Brien’s novels often featured her, or women who looked very like her

S6 E3 Wanton: Powys ‘Mr Weston’s Good Wine’ (1927)

I haven’t read many novels like this – it’s a Christian allegory stuffed with Gothic sex. TF Powys was banned a numbers of times by the censors, who objected to his unique combination of sacred and profane.

Designing cover art was a problem for earlier publishers but contemporary imprints are very attractive

S5 E3 All the antis: Shatter ‘Laura’ (1989)

A bestseller in 1989, nobody took any offense at this slim novel by a prominent politician and solicitor until 2013. A silly, weird and revealing referral of ‘Laura’ the censorship board led to some interesting political gymnastics.

In spite of the tagline, it’s not that memorable.