China: Australian novelist refuses to bow to censorship demands

Australian thriller writer LA (Louisa) Larkin has refused to bow to censorship demands from Chinese printers, instead withdrawing her work from a Reader’s Digest anthology, reported Sydney Morning Herald.


LA Larkin’s book, ‘Thirst’, was being produced in China when the printers downed tools, insisting references to “Falun Gong” and “torture” be removed.

Larkin said her editor suggested the offending words in the book, which was to be published in condensed form in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and India, be replaced with “religious belief” and “torment”. But Larkin was adamant that she would not allow her work to be censored.

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