Books

Our new cafe display features the covers of nearly 90 books and magazines banned in Australia between the 1920s and the 1970s.

This A-Z provides information about these prohibited pubications, including links to digitised documents held in the National Archives collection.

Click on a book cover or title to find out more.

A

Another Country

James Baldwin, Another Country, The Dial Press, New York, 1962

Banned: 1963 to 1966

 
Art of Kissing

Art of Kissing, Devendra, Delhi, 1950

Banned: c.1950s

 

B

The Barber's Wife

Conrad Phillips, The Barber’s Wife, Arthur Barker Limited, London, 1953

Banned: c.1950s

 
Best Detective Cases

Best Detective Cases, July 1948

Banned: c.1940s

 
Black Mask Detective

Black Mask Detective, December 1950

Banned: c.1950s

 
Breezy Stories

Breezy Stories, May 1938

Banned: c.1930s

 
Brave New World

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Chatto & Windus, London, 1932

Banned: 1932 to 1937

 

C

The Carpetbaggers

Harold Robbins, The Carpetbaggers [1961], Anthony Blond, London, 1963

Banned: 1961 to 1971

 
The Catcher in the Rye

JD Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye [1951], Signet Books, New York, 1953

Banned: 1956 to 1957

 
Count Me In

Fan Nichols, Count Me In, Popular Library, New York, 1953

Banned: c.1950s

 
Crimes of Passion

Edwin D Radin, Crimes of Passion [1953], GP Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1954

Banned: c.1950s

 

D

Death Comes Wholesale

Ricky Drayton, Death Comes Wholesale, 1953

Banned: c.1950s

 
Decameron

Boccaccio, Decameron [c.1353], Bröderna Ljungbergs Boktr, Stockholm, 1946

Banned: 1927 to 1936; 1938 to 1973

 
The Devil Has a Racket

‘Michael Storme’ (George Dawson), The Devil Has a Racket, Harborough Publishing Company Ltd, London, 1953

Banned: c.1950s

 
Devil's Daughter

Griff, Devil’s Daughter, n.d.

Banned: c.1950s

 
Down and Out in Paris and London

George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, London, 1933

Banned: 1933 to 1953

 
Droll Stories

Honoré de Balzac, Droll Stories [1832], Moritz & Chambers Ltd, London, n.d.

Banned: 1901 to 1923; 1928 to c.1973

 

E

Evergreen

Evergreen, March 1968

Banned: c.1960s

 

F

Forever Amber

Kathleen Winsor, Forever Amber, The Modern Publishing Company, London, 1945

Banned: 1945 to 1958

 

H

The Hangman is a Woman

‘Darcy Glinto’ (Harold Kelly), The Hangman is a Woman, Robin Hood Press, London, c.1953

Banned: c.1950s

 
Honey, Not Now

Steve Markham, Honey, Not Now, Maxwell, Love & Co. Ltd, London, n.d.

Banned: c.1950s

 
Hooked

John Dexter, Hooked, Idle Hour Books, San Diego, 1966

Banned: c.1960s

 
Horror Stories

Horror Stories, April/May 1936

Banned: c.1930s

 
Hotel Wife

Ruth Lyons, Hotel Wife, Macaulay Company, New York, 1933

Banned: 1935 to 1963

 
The Housekeeper's Daughter

Donald Henderson Clarke, The Housekeeper’s Daughter [1938], Avon, New York, 1953

Banned: 1949 to c.1960s

 
How Man Tempts Woman

How Man Tempts Woman, Capital Book Company, New Delhi, n.d.

Banned: c.1950s

 

I

The Invisible Glass

Loren Wahl, The Invisible Glass [1950], Greenberg, New York, 1965

Banned: 1953 to 1971

 
Intimate Romances

Intimate Romances, May 1938

Banned: c.1930s

 

J

Julia

Margot Bland, Julia, Northumberland Press Limited, London, 1952

Banned: c.1950s

 

K

Kama Sutra

Vatsyayana, Kama Sutra, DB Taraporevala Sons & Co. Private Ltd, Bombay, 1961

Banned: c.1960s

 
Kiss Me, Deadly

Mickey Spillane, Kiss Me, Deadly, Arthur Barker Limited, London, 1953

Banned: c.1950s

 

L

Lady Chatterley's Lover

DH Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover [1928], The New American Library of World Literature Inc., New York, 1959

Banned: 1929 to 1965

 
The Lady Kills

Bruno Fischer, The Lady Kills, Fawcett Publications Inc., 1952

Banned: c.1950s

 
Last Exit to Brooklyn

Hubert Selby Jr, Last Exit to Brooklyn [1957], Calder and Boyars Limited, London, 1968

Banned: 1965 to 1973

 
Lolita

Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, London, 1961

Banned: 1958 to 1965

 
The Long Wait

Mickey Spillane, The Long Wait [1951], EP Dutton and Co. Inc., New York, 1956

Banned: c.1950s

 
Love Above All

Eliot Brewster, Love Above All, Palace Promotions, New York, n.d.

Banned: c.1950s

 
Love Defector

Dean Hudson, Love Defector, Corinth Publications, San Diego, 1966

Banned: c.1960s

 
Love Me Sailor

Robert S Close, Love Me Sailor [1945], Pan Books, London, 1959

Banned: 1951 to 1960

 

M

Maid for Murder

Milton K Ozaki, Maid for Murder, Ace Books, New York, 1955

Banned: c.1950s

 
The Master Detective

The Master Detective, February 1931

Banned: c.1930s

 
Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

John Cleland, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [1749], GP Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1963

Banned: 1940 to 1973

 
My Gun Is Quick

Mickey Spillane, My Gun Is Quick [1951], Morrison and Gibb Limited, London, 1957

Banned: c.1950s

 
Myra Breckinridge

Gore Vidal, Myra Breckinridge, Bantam Books, New York, 1968

Banned: 1968 to 1973

 

N

The Naked Lunch

William Burroughs, The Naked Lunch [1959], Corgi Books, London, 1962

Banned: 1960 to 1973

 
New York Model

Jack Hanley, New York Model, Designe Publishing Corporation, 1953

Banned: c.1950s

 
Night Boat to Paris

Richard Jessup, Night Boat to Paris, Dell Publishing Company, New York, 1956

Banned: c.1950s

 
No Orchids for Miss Blandish

‘James Hadley Chase’ (René Lodge Brabazon Raymond), No Orchids for Miss Blandish [1942], Avon, New York, 1951

Banned: 1938 to 1958

 
The Nude Stranger

Mark Reed, The Nude Stranger, Magazine Productions, New York, 1952

Banned: c.1950s

 

O

Once Upon a Crime

Mike Kerrigan, Once Upon a Crime, Milestone Publications, London, 1953

Banned: c.1950s

 
One Lonely Night

Mickey Spillane, One Lonely Night [1951], Morrison and Gibb Limited, London, 1958

Banned: c.1950s

 
The Other Victorians: a study of sexuality and pornography in mid-nineteenth century England

Steve Marcus, The Other Victorians: a study of sexuality and pornography in mid-nineteenth century England [1964], Corgi Books, London, 1966

Banned: 1966 to 1971

 
Oz

Oz, July 1969

Banned: c.1960s

 

P

Pam Slipped Up

‘Dirk Foster’ (Geoffrey Pardoe), Pam Slipped Up, Gaywood Press, London, n.d.

Banned: c.1950s

 
Peyton Place

Grace Metalious, Peyton Place, Dell Publications, New York, 1956

Banned: 1957 to 1971

 
Pick-up

Charles Willeford, Pick-up, Beacon Books, New York, 1955

Banned: 1956 to 1971

 
Playboy, June 1959

Playboy, June 1959

Banned: c.1950s

 
Playboy, December 1966

Playboy, December 1966

Banned: c.1960s

 
Portnoy’s Complaint

Philip Roth, Portnoy’s Complaint, Lowe and Brydone Limited, London, 1969

Banned: 1969 to 1971

 
Private Chauffeur

‘NR De Mexico’ (Robert Campbell Bragg), Private Chauffeur, n.d.

Banned: c.1950s

 

R

Respectable Harlot

James Clayford, Respectable Harlot, World Distributors Ltd, Manchester, n.d.

Banned: c.1950s

 
Road Floozie

‘Darcy Glinto’ (Harold Kelly), Road Floozie [1941], Robin Hood Press, London, 1953

Banned: 1942 to c.1960s

 

S

Satan's Mate

DH Smith, Satan’s Mate, Newstand Library Incorporation, Chicago, 1960.

Banned: c.1960s

 
The Satyr

James McKimmey Jr, The Satyr, Monarch Books Inc., Derby, Connecticut, 1960

Banned: c.1960s

 
Scandal High

Herbert O Pruett, Scandal High, Beacon Books, New York, 1960

Banned: c.1960s

 
She Gave Me Hell and...

‘Darcy Glinto’ (Harold Kelly), She Gave Me Hell and… [1950], Robin Hood Press, London 1953

Banned: c.1950s

 
The Spy Who Loved Me

Ian Fleming, The Spy Who Loved Me, Jonathan Cape, London, 1962

Banned: c.1960s

 
Stoned

Jane Gallion, Stoned, Essex House Original, 1969

Banned: c.1960s

 
Story of O

Pauline Réage, Story of O, The Olympia Press, London, n.d.

Banned: 1965 to c.1973

 

T

Tales of Horror

Tales of Horror, 1952

Banned: c.1950s

 
Ten-story Love

Ten-story Love, July 1938

Banned: c.1938

 
Terror on Broadway

David Alexander, Terror on Broadway, Bantam Books, New York, 1954

Banned: c.1950s

 
Tiptoe Thro' a Graveyard

‘Michael Storme’ (George Dawson), Tiptoe Thro’ a Graveyard, Harborough Publishing Company, London, 1953

Banned: c.1950s

 
The Tormented

Theodore Pratt, The Tormented [1950], 1959

Banned: 1951 to 1961

 
The Trial of Lady Chatterley

CH Rolph (ed), The Trial of Lady Chatterley, Penguin Books, London, 1961

Banned: 1961 to 1965

 
True Confessions

True Confessions, October 1959

Banned: c.1960

 
True Crime

True Crime, August c.1950s

Banned: c.1950s

 
True Detective

True Detective, October 1961

Banned: c.1961

 
True Experience

True Experience, October 1965

Banned: 1966

 

U

Upsurge

JM Harcourt, Upsurge, John Long Limited, London, 1934

Banned: 1934 to 1958

 

V

Vengeance is Mine

Mickey Spillane, Vengeance is Mine [1951], Corgi Books, London, 1960

Banned: c.1950s

 
The Villain and the Virgin

‘James Hadley Chase’ (René Lodge Brabazon Raymond), The Villain and the Virgin [1942], Howell, Soskin, Publishers Inc., New York, 1949

Banned: c.1940s

 

W

Why Are We in Vietnam?

Norman Mailer, Why Are We in Vietnam? [1967], Lowe & Brydone, London, 1969

Banned: 1968 to 1971

 
The Wicked Wife

Robert K Shedd, The Wicked Wife, Newsstand Library Books, Chicago, 1960

Banned: c.1960s

 
Wild Oats

Orrie Hitt, Wild Oats, Universal Publishing and Distributing Corporation, 1958

Banned: c.1950s

 
The Wonderful World of Barry McKenzie

Barry Humphries, The Wonderful World of Barry McKenzie, Macdonald & Company, London, 1968

Banned: 1968 to 1971

 

Y

The Youngest Harlot

Jay Carpenter, The Youngest Harlot, Newsstand Library Books, Chicago, 1960

Banned: c.1960s