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Saturday 23 August 2014

Shatter's novel is cleared by the censor

Kevin Doyle

Published 09/05/2014 | 02:30

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Alan Shatter's book Laura

ALAN Shatter has received a rare piece of good news as censors have decided not to pull his controversial novel 'Laura' from bookshelves.

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The steamy story, written 25 years ago, was subject to an investigation by the Censorship of Publications Board after a reader had argued that it encouraged abortion.

A complainant also claimed that it was too "obscene" for an Irish audience and should be banned.

However, the Irish Independent has learned that the board, chaired by Cork solicitor Shane McCarthy, met in late April and decided that "no action" would be taken against the book's publishers, Poolbeg Press.

'Laura: A Novel You Will Never Forget' was a bestseller when it first went on sale but had been largely forgotten about until the complaint was made to the censor a year ago.

Ironically, the attempt by one unhappy reader to have the raunchy novel banned resulted in huge publicity and Mr Shatter secured a new deal to have it reprinted.

Some of the chapters contain graphic descriptions of sex.

The censorship board returned a copy of Mr Shatter's book to the complainant, with a letter advising that it did not see any problem with its content and that "(the board) decided that no action would be taken against the publisher".

Irish Independent

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