Lady Chatterley's Lover transcript

This transcript accompanies the 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' short film from the Seized! gallery.

Lady Chatterley's Lover was a scandalous novel by DH Lawrence written in the late 1920s. The book was printed privately in Florence in 1928, and was immediately banned in the UK.

The publication of the book caused an outcry due to its explicit sex scenes, the depiction of the lovers who were a working-class male and an aristocratic lady, and previously banned four-letter words.

A Customs seizure book from the Port of Dover showed 126 copies of the book. They were confiscated from passengers travelling on the cross channel ferries between 1930 and 1934. Members of the public caught with the book ranged from ladies on their European tour, businessmen and captains in the army. The offending books were destroyed by burning. The book was not printed legally in the United Kingdom until 1960, when Penguin successfully published the book without prosecution. London's largest book store sold out of the book in 15 minutes on the first day of legal publication.

open pages of a ledger book

Custom seizure book showing copies of Lady Chatterley's lover