Jewel postponed, confirms Gibson Square
01.01.70 | Philip Jones
Gibson Square has finally confirmed that it has postponed the launch of Sherry Jones' Islamic novel The Jewel of Medina, following a fire-bombing of the publisher's office and home two weeks ago.
The Bookseller reported last week that the novel's UK publication was in "suspended animation", and this week reported that author Sherry Jones' trip to Frankfurt as part of an author tour had been cancelled. A statement put out by Gibson Square Publishers said: "We respect Sherry Jones's decision. In her view the best thing to do is to postpone her visit and the publishing of the novel in Britain."
It added: "We appreciate that she will continue to make time available to any interested British groups to dispel misinformation about The Jewel of Medina. We hope that they will get in touch with us to receive further information about her hopes for her novel to foster greater understanding of Islam for Western readers. Despite the controversy of the past two weeks, Sherry Jones' intention remains as it was from the start to engage with a current debate in a positive way."
Gibson Square will fill the opening in its schedule by focusing on other forthcoming titles: Malcolm Gluck's The Great Wine Swindle, Diana Mitford's The Pursuit of Laughter, former BBC war-correspondent Alan Pearce's Playing it Safe, Walter Scott's Napoleon, Elinor Burkett's Golda Meir, and The Rotten State of Britain by economist Eamonn Butler in Spring 2009.'