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Annabel Lyon's The Golden Mean hit by ban

25th August 2010

Annabel Lyon's debut novel has been banned from some stores in Canada for sporting an offensive image on the cover.

Canadian ferry company BC Ferries has refused to stock The Golden Mean in its book stores, claiming the cover's depiction of a naked man draped over a horse is unsuitable for its customers.

BC Ferries suggested the book include a so-called 'belly band' which would obscure the offending image, but publisher Random House Canada refused.

Responding to the controversy on her blog, the Canadian author adopted a light-hearted stance: 'Oh, BC Ferries. You have one too, you know you do!'

The Golden Mean charts the childhood of the boy who would become Alexander the Great and his complex relationship with Aristotle.

It was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize in Lyon's home country and was first published in the UK this summer.

The novel was beaten to the 2009 Giller Prize by Linden MacIntyre's The Bishop's Man, the story of a priest responsible for covering up the indiscretions of his fellow clergymen.

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