2 November

R v. Penguin Books Ltd was the public prosecution at the Old Bailey of Penguin Books under the Obscene Publications Act 1959 for the publication of D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

The trial took place over six days in No 1 court between 20 October and 2 November 1960 and was a test case of the defence of public good provision under section 4 of the Act which was defined as a work “in the interests of science, literature, art or learning, or of other objects of general concern”.

The jury found for the defendant in a result that ushered in the liberalisation of publishing.