Publisher offers free download of banned same-sex parenting book

Children's book 'A Focus On... Same-Sex Parents' is now available to download free of charge after it was banned from eight Sydney libraries.
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UK-based publisher BookLife Publishing has decided to make a contentious book free to download after calls for it to be banned from Western Sydney libraries.

A Focus On… Same-Sex Parents by Holly Duhig is now available online after the children’s publisher stated on its Facebook page: ‘Our aim is to always provide children with the information, support, understanding and context to help them make sense of the world around them.

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Thuy On is the Reviews and Literary Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her debut, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was released by University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP). Her second collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Her third book, Essence, will be published in 2025. Twitter: @thuy_on Instagram: poemsbythuy