JIM HAYNES

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Jim Haynes on the book that went up in flames

by Michael MacLeod,
The Guardian, 22 August 2011
One of Edinburgh's best known literary characters shares the story behind an iconic image

book burning outside of the Paperback Bookshop, picture Alan Daiches / Demarco Archives
Jim Haynes, second left, watches the book burning outside his shop.
Pic: Alan Daiches / Demarco Archives

 

Jim Haynes opened the Paperback bookshop in Charles Street in 1959, where the University of Edinburgh's new informatics centre now stands.

Jim Haynes, photo by  Michael MacLeod  

It was "sometime around 1960" that he sold a copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover to a woman to proceeded to set it on fire. Penguin Books was put on trial in 1960 for publishing the book, in what became a test-case for freedom of speech.

 
text by Michael MacLeod
article published with kind permission
©Guardian, 2011

 

 

Jim Haynes on the book that went up in flames

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