Filthy-minded historian and avid reader, Aoife Bhreatnach, searches censored books for smut, swearing and shagging. The Irish censor was infamous, banning 12,491 books and magazines between 1929 and 1998. Alongside the greats like Doris Lessing and Samuel Beckett were thousands of books, now mostly forgotten.
Mediocre novels, sex manuals, true crime stories, pulp fiction, racy memoirs and queer literature: the Irish censor banned them all. Join Aoife as she reads like a smut-obsessed censor, looking for the rude bits in all kinds of books.
S1 E1 What a Wanker: Behan ‘Borstal Boy’ (1958)
S1 E2 Single Girls, Shagging: Jaffe ‘The Best of Everything’ (1958)
S1 E3 One Little Orgy: Kerouac, ‘The Dharma Bums’ (1959)
S1 E4 The First Bonkbuster: Winsor, ‘Forever Amber’ (1944)
S1 E5 Sex and Soldiers: Heller, ‘Catch-22’ (1961)
S1 E6 Sex in Suburbia: Yates, ‘Revolutionary Road’ (1961)
S1 E7 Convent Sex Crimes: ‘The Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk’ (1836)
S1 E8 Boobs and Babes: Hitt, ‘Pleasure Ground’ (1961)
S1 E9 Amoral Sex: Huxley, ‘Point Counter Point’ (1928)
S1 E10 Freaky Foreigners: Murdoch, ‘The Flights from the Enchanter’ (1956)