Telegraph: “The novelist, whose book The Gulf Between Us is set in the Middle East, was initially welcomed to the event by the organisers.
But when they realised the novel featured a homosexual sheikh who had an English boyfriend and was set in the backdrop to the Iraq war, the book was withdrawn.
The director of the festival, Isobel Abulhoul, wrote to Bedell and told her: ‘I do not want our festival remembered for the launch of a controversial book.
‘If we launched the book and a journalist happened to read it, then you could imagine the political fallout that would follow. This could be a minefield.'”