Muhammad child bride novel author condemns UK 'censorship'
Sherry Jones says failure of The Jewel of Medina to find another UK publisher is victory for extremists who want the book suppressed
by Allison Flood
May 20, 2009
Sherry Jones, author of a controversial novel about the child bride of Muhammad, has accused British publishers of being too afraid to publish her book in the wake of a firebomb attack on the office of Gibson Square, the London-based publisher which had been set to release it last year.
Her novel, The Jewel of Medina, was initially acquired for a six-figure advance by Random House US, but dropped by the publisher last summer after it was warned that the book's subject matter "might be offensive to some in the Muslim community, but also that it could incite acts of violence by a small, radical segment". It was later acquired and published in America by small US publisher Beaufort Books. Gibson Square bought UK rights, but dropped the book following an arson attack on the home and office of its publisher Martin Rynja. Last week three men were found guilty of conspiracy to recklessly damage property and endanger life.
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