Banned Books in the UK
Several books on terrorism have been banned in the UK, either published and then removed from the shelves or refused publication altogether. In some instances, the books were thrown into pulping machines so that all evidence of their existence was destroyed.
According to Spiked Magazine books by British, American and French authors have suffered this fate. Both books by left-leaning authors who question the ‘war on terror’, and books by conservative authors who support it, have been removed from Britain’s bookshelves. Such is the censorious nature of English libel law that these books have effectively been wiped off the intellectual map: you won’t find them in any bookshop or library.
The spiked review of books invited five authors whose books are no longer available in Britain to tell British readers why their books were an important contribution to the broader debate about terrorism, and why it’s a shame that British readers have been denied access to their work.