Country Girls novel banned

12th June 1960
Share This:

Edna O'Brien, acclaimed Irish author, published her first novel, The Country Girls in 1960. 

Though the book would go on to be a great success, even being adapted for the stage, it was initially met with the obstacle of censorship. 

The Church insisted that the book be banned because of its discussion of women's sexuality  and graphic sexual content. 

Copies of the book were gathered by members of the clergy and burned. 

O'Brien would eventually have another six novels meet the same fate until censorship was relaxed.