No other jury verdict has had such a profound social impact as the acquittal of penguin books in the lady chatterley trial fifty years on geoffrey robertson qc looks at how it changed britains . R v penguin books ltd was the public prosecution in the uk at the old bailey of penguin books under the obscene publications act 1959 for the publication of d h lawrences lady chatterleys loverthe trial took place over six days in no 1 court between 20 october and 2 november 1960 with mervyn griffith jones prosecuting gerald gardiner counsel for the defence and mr justice byrne presiding. The latest edition of lady chatterleys lover has been published with little fanfare no salacious press reports and no questions raised in parliament copies are unlikely to be burned in public . Lady chatterleys lover is a novel by d h lawrence first published privately in 1928 in italy and in 1929 in france and australia an unexpurgated edition was not published openly in the united kingdom until 1960 when it was the subject of a watershed obscenity trial against the publisher penguin bookspenguin won the case and quickly sold 3 million copies. Amazoncom the trial of lady chatterleys lover 9781907970979 sybille bedford thomas grant books
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