Down and Out in Paris and London

Down and Out in Paris and London - front cover of banned book
NAA: C3059, Down and Out in Paris and London

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

Down and Out in Paris and London, Orwell’s first book, was banned by Customs Minister TW White on 20 April 1933. The novel was finally released twenty years later (and three years after the author had died) on 9 April 1953 by the Literature Censorship Board. One member wrote, ‘I find no ground, whatever, for considering this an indecent book and, indeed, am surprised at the Customs Department referring it to the board.’

View the Literature Censorship Board’s report on this book:

Decisions, with comments, on literature forwarded by the Customs Department to the Literature Censorship Board (pages 26-8), 1953