Raunchy book relegated to the top shelf after grandmother’s purchase error

David Gee, author of The Bexhill Missile Crisis

David Gee, author of The Bexhill Missile Crisis

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AN EXPLICIT novel linking Bexhill to nuclear war has been moved to the top shelf after a customer accidentally bought a copy for her grandson, thinking it was a spy novel.

The unnamed customer bought The Bexhill Missile Crisis from the De La Warr Pavilion bookshop but took it back the next day when she discovered the novel contained explicit sex scenes.

The bookshop gave her a refund and has now moved the book to the top shelf with an “explicit content” sticker.

Author David Gee, 72, of Augustfields, Newhaven, said: “My book makes 50 Shades of Grey look like Enid Blyton.

“It’s a very strange occurrence because she obviously didn’t read the blurb. A book about thermonuclear war is a strange choice of gift for a grandchild.”

The novel, which has a picture of Bexhill Pavilion’s promenade gazebo with a mushroom cloud in the background on the cover, is set in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The book is published in paperback and as an e-book by London-based Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender publisher Paradise Press. It has sold 20 copies in the De La Warr bookshop and 15 more have been ordered.

James Cosens, bookshop manager, said: “As a local author, we are delighted to support David Gee by stocking his book.

“However, as the novel contains some explicit adult content, we thought it responsible to alert our customers to this before they bought it.

“This is in response to one of our customers returning the book on the grounds that she thought it was a spy novel suitable for her grandson.”

This is not the first time the novelist has sparked controversy. In 2012 an anti-suicide campaigner complained about the cover of his previous novel The Dropout, which featured a car going over the cliff above the lighthouse at Beachy Head.

Mr Gee said: “Suicide is one of the themes of the book, although the car going off the cliff is actually a terrible accident towards the end of the story.”

Mr Gee will give a reading and signing at Tome bookshop in Terminus Road, Eastbourne, on June 30 at 6pm.

To read extracts from the author’s books people can visit the website davidgeebooks.com.

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9:35am Fri 20 Jun 14

Jamesthegill says...

Handy bit of publicity, this...
Handy bit of publicity, this... Jamesthegill
  • Score: 11

10:59am Fri 20 Jun 14

Cave Johnson says...

Books are not subject to any age rating so it's a bit strange to refer to 'adult content'.
Books are not subject to any age rating so it's a bit strange to refer to 'adult content'. Cave Johnson
  • Score: 7

10:59am Fri 20 Jun 14

Roundbill says...

"the unnamed customer" - I suspect "her" surname was Gee.
"the unnamed customer" - I suspect "her" surname was Gee. Roundbill
  • Score: 5

11:42am Fri 20 Jun 14

stevo!! says...

I'm struggling to understand why such material needs to have so much sexual activity.

Is it because he occasionally let his mind wander?
I'm struggling to understand why such material needs to have so much sexual activity. Is it because he occasionally let his mind wander? stevo!!
  • Score: 3

12:57pm Fri 20 Jun 14

notaconspiracy says...

The Grandson would have loved it, I bet!
The Grandson would have loved it, I bet! notaconspiracy
  • Score: 6

6:36pm Fri 20 Jun 14

tykemison says...

You cannot"relegate" anything to the top shelf, promoted is probably the word your brain was trying to remember (odd as promote is obviously the intention here).
You cannot"relegate" anything to the top shelf, promoted is probably the word your brain was trying to remember (odd as promote is obviously the intention here). tykemison
  • Score: 5

7:10pm Fri 20 Jun 14

stevo!! says...

tykemison wrote:
You cannot"relegate
" anything to the top shelf, promoted is probably the word your brain was trying to remember (odd as promote is obviously the intention here).
The word 'relegate' is entirely accurate.


"Assign an inferior rank or position to", says the OED.

Being alongside the jazz mags is certainly a demotion.
[quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: You cannot"relegate " anything to the top shelf, promoted is probably the word your brain was trying to remember (odd as promote is obviously the intention here).[/p][/quote]The word 'relegate' is entirely accurate. "Assign an inferior rank or position to", says the OED. Being alongside the jazz mags is certainly a demotion. stevo!!
  • Score: -2

9:10pm Fri 20 Jun 14

tykemison says...

stevo!! wrote:
tykemison wrote:
You cannot"relegate

" anything to the top shelf, promoted is probably the word your brain was trying to remember (odd as promote is obviously the intention here).
The word 'relegate' is entirely accurate.


"Assign an inferior rank or position to", says the OED.

Being alongside the jazz mags is certainly a demotion.
No, no, no.An inferior position would in this case be lower down not promoted upwards.
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: You cannot"relegate " anything to the top shelf, promoted is probably the word your brain was trying to remember (odd as promote is obviously the intention here).[/p][/quote]The word 'relegate' is entirely accurate. "Assign an inferior rank or position to", says the OED. Being alongside the jazz mags is certainly a demotion.[/p][/quote]No, no, no.An inferior position would in this case be lower down not promoted upwards. tykemison
  • Score: 2

10:28pm Fri 20 Jun 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Shame that the De la warr pavilion is selling anything like this from such a dirty old man
Shame that the De la warr pavilion is selling anything like this from such a dirty old man getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: -3

1:15am Sat 21 Jun 14

stevo!! says...

tykemison wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
tykemison wrote:
You cannot"relegate


" anything to the top shelf, promoted is probably the word your brain was trying to remember (odd as promote is obviously the intention here).
The word 'relegate' is entirely accurate.


"Assign an inferior rank or position to", says the OED.

Being alongside the jazz mags is certainly a demotion.
No, no, no.An inferior position would in this case be lower down not promoted upwards.
English is clearly a language that is beyond you, moron.
[quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: You cannot"relegate " anything to the top shelf, promoted is probably the word your brain was trying to remember (odd as promote is obviously the intention here).[/p][/quote]The word 'relegate' is entirely accurate. "Assign an inferior rank or position to", says the OED. Being alongside the jazz mags is certainly a demotion.[/p][/quote]No, no, no.An inferior position would in this case be lower down not promoted upwards.[/p][/quote]English is clearly a language that is beyond you, moron. stevo!!
  • Score: 0

8:39am Sat 21 Jun 14

tykemison says...

stevo!! wrote:
tykemison wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
tykemison wrote:
You cannot"relegate



" anything to the top shelf, promoted is probably the word your brain was trying to remember (odd as promote is obviously the intention here).
The word 'relegate' is entirely accurate.


"Assign an inferior rank or position to", says the OED.

Being alongside the jazz mags is certainly a demotion.
No, no, no.An inferior position would in this case be lower down not promoted upwards.
English is clearly a language that is beyond you, moron.
Let's resort to cheap shots just because someone disagrees with you, c0ck, ooooh look thats big and clever isn't it stevdoe!
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: You cannot"relegate " anything to the top shelf, promoted is probably the word your brain was trying to remember (odd as promote is obviously the intention here).[/p][/quote]The word 'relegate' is entirely accurate. "Assign an inferior rank or position to", says the OED. Being alongside the jazz mags is certainly a demotion.[/p][/quote]No, no, no.An inferior position would in this case be lower down not promoted upwards.[/p][/quote]English is clearly a language that is beyond you, moron.[/p][/quote]Let's resort to cheap shots just because someone disagrees with you, c0ck, ooooh look thats big and clever isn't it stevdoe! tykemison
  • Score: 6

11:10am Sat 21 Jun 14

Roundbill says...

I love you guys!
I love you guys! Roundbill
  • Score: 0

11:39am Sat 21 Jun 14

stevo!! says...

tykemison wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
tykemison wrote:
You cannot"relegate


" anything to the top shelf, promoted is probably the word your brain was trying to remember (odd as promote is obviously the intention here).
The word 'relegate' is entirely accurate.


"Assign an inferior rank or position to", says the OED.

Being alongside the jazz mags is certainly a demotion.
No, no, no.An inferior position would in this case be lower down not promoted upwards.
So you think that the top shelf is a position of prestige?


I can assure you that it isn't.

Things of an adult nature are place there away from prying young eyes. It has nothing to do with how good the material is.


Jeez.....
[quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: You cannot"relegate " anything to the top shelf, promoted is probably the word your brain was trying to remember (odd as promote is obviously the intention here).[/p][/quote]The word 'relegate' is entirely accurate. "Assign an inferior rank or position to", says the OED. Being alongside the jazz mags is certainly a demotion.[/p][/quote]No, no, no.An inferior position would in this case be lower down not promoted upwards.[/p][/quote]So you think that the top shelf is a position of prestige? I can assure you that it isn't. Things of an adult nature are place there away from prying young eyes. It has nothing to do with how good the material is. Jeez..... stevo!!
  • Score: -1

1:57pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Roundbill says...

If playing with yourself stunts your growth, why do they always put the p0rn on the top shelves? It's just cruel.
If playing with yourself stunts your growth, why do they always put the p0rn on the top shelves? It's just cruel. Roundbill
  • Score: 5

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