- The Scientology Booklist
Comprehensive bibliography of books on Scientology (pro- and anti-),
including links to web copies.
topics covered in Blue Sky
against A Piece of Blue Sky
The UK injunction
Jon Atack was, and still is, injuncted
against distributing the unedited version (this version) of A Piece of Blue Sky.
This was as a result of allegedly libellous comments made about the head of the
Scientology-linked Greenfields School in East Grinstead (see chapter
8.2, "The Child Custody Case"). Only one paragraph of the entire book
was found to be libellous - 96 out of over 151,000 words, or less than 0.07% of the
whole. Atack, it should be noted, has not in any way been involved in the production
or distribution of this electronic version, which is based on a scanned copy originally
produced by the former FACTnet.
The opposing lawyers, Hodkin & Company of
East Grinstead, wrote to many bodies, ranging from the satirical magazine Private Eye
to British public libraries, demanding that they destroy their copies of Blue Sky
- even though Atack was the only one injuncted. His publishers and distributors were
not banned from publishing, distributing or selling the book, which is most unusual
in English libel law. Many libraries apparently ignored or did not receive the
letters and reportedly continue to stock Blue Sky. It is of course freely
available outside of England and Wales.
The following are copies of letters from
county councils affirming that their public libraries' copies of the book had been
In February 1999, a cease-and-desist order
was served on the online booksellers amazon.com demanding
that it withdraw the book from its catalog (which was completely bogus, as there are no
legal restrictions on its distribution outside England and Wales). The company
reversed its decision in May 1999 following an outcry by concerned Internet users, which
attracted major media attention. Deana Holmes created a web page covering the "Blue