Amazon.co.uk has pulled an Irish book on the Church of Scientology after receiving a legal letter from the organisation.
Customers who ordered a copy of The Complex: An Insider Exposes the Covert World of the Church of Scientology have received correspondence from the UK-based website informing them the book is no longer available and they will be not be charged.
The move has not come as a surprise to industry insiders as the Scientology movement is renowned for being litigious. Sources say a legal letter was distributed to a number of vendors including the British chain WH Smith, who don’t even stock the book, and Waterstones warning them not to sell the product as it is libelous towards one of its members.
Merlin’s Chenile Keogh said: “We are standing by the book and the author. The book is on sale in Ireland and there is no problem with us publishing in Ireland…”
In his memoir, John Duignan “looks back on the 22 years he served in the church’s secret army and describes the hours of sleep deprivation, brain washing and intense auditing or ‘religious counselling’ he endured as he was moulded into a ‘soldier of Scientology’.”