Police Remove ‘American Psycho’ from Australian Bookstore Shelves
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Bret Easton Ellis’s controversial novel, American Psycho, has fallen victim to a police raid after an Australian bookshop was asked to remove copies that were shelved without the required plastic wrapping, reports The Guardian.
The incident began when the Adelaide bookstore’s owner, Jason Lake, received the latest edition—complete with a flattering introduction by Irvine Welsh—from the publisher without the necessary wrapper. After the books were shelved, a phone call from a patron came into Lake complaining about the error, after which the police followed up to ensure the book’s removal.
Australia currently has laws against unwrapped copies of the book: American Psycho falls under a “restricted classification,” which means it can only be sold “in a sealed wrapper and to adults”—a designation that thrilled Bret Easton Ellis when he initially found out. “I told my publisher I want all my books restricted and put in little bags. It’s like a little sandwich!” the author has stated.
Pan Macmillan, the publisher of American Psycho, admits that some of the copies were released without the shrink-wrapping due to a production error. “When the publisher was made aware of the error, the problem was immediately rectified and copies of the title already purchased without shrink-wrapping are returnable,” said a spokesperson.
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