The surprising books you never knew were banned

These books were banned at one point- but have you got them at home?

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For true bookworms there’s nothing better than losing yourself in the world of a brilliant novel, but it seems that when it comes to some titles, fellow readers might not have the chance to enjoy them. 

We love settling down with our best eReader and racing through the latest best books, whether they are a gripping thriller, sweeping romance, or historical epic. But around the world, some of our most beloved and bestselling titles might not have reached as wide an audience as we imagine. 

In fact, many novels considered classics like Lewis Carroll’s Alice's Adventures in Wonderland have been banned in different places around the world since being published. Shocking though it may seem, there are more than a few favorites that were kept from readers’ hands.

Now has discovered nine of the most surprising novels to have been taken off shelves - or outright outlawed - at one point or another.

A spokesperson for said: "Over the years, authorities have censored, banned and even burned books that were deemed to be too outrageous for one reason or another - even those that seem innocent to most of us. So we’ve researched and revealed some of the most surprising.”

They might be on your bookshelves at home, but it seems it might not be the case for everyone...

Which much-loved books were banned?

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Ulysses by James Joyce

Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is Senior Lifestyle Writer for, and and she loves sharing the latest lifestyle, royal, celebrity and entertainment news. Before joining Future, previously TI Media, Emma was a Freelance Editor and before that a Publisher for an independent digital publisher. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!