Lesbian erotica found in children's book
Readers opening up copies of British author Adrian Bailey's Otherworld got quite a shock recently.
The book (printed by U.S.-based firm McNaughton and Gunn) was originally supposed to tell the story of a man who is working in the British Library when he discovers a secret book that explores local legends and folktales. However, eager readers soon discovered that as a result of a printing error, the children's book in fact contained 20 pages of erotic short stories about lesbians.
Printed at the author's expense, Otherworld was originally intended to raise funds for children's hospice Rebecca House. However, due to the printing error, all copies have now been taken off the shelves.
In a letter to publisher MP Publishing, McNaughton and Gunn chief executive Julie McFarland said that although they have only discovered six books that contained an "erroneous signature from a book targeted at the adult fiction market", she is "very sorry for the embarrassment this error has caused."
I don't think this was the charitable act the author had in mind.