Michael Joseph has pulled a recipe book by health blogger and author Belle Gibson after she failed to give sufficient information in response to a series of claims levelled at her.
Gibson’s The Whole Pantry, based on an app she created following a diagnosis of terminal brain cancer, was due to be released in the UK next month.
But claims that she cured her cancer purely through diet and lifestyle have been challenged, while an investigation by the Australian found that Gibson’s claims of suffering from multiple cancers were inaccurate, and discovered other inconsistencies in her story about her illness. Gibson has said she was “misdiagnosed”.
A statement from Penguin Random House UK said: “We are disappointed to have not received sufficient explanation or evidence from Ms Gibson in response to recent allegations. We have withdrawn The Whole Pantry recipe book from sale in Australia and do not have any plans to publish in the UK or elsewhere in light of this.”
Atria, a division of Simon & Schuster in the US, is also discussing the forthcoming release of The Whole Pantry. Publicity director Paul Olsewski told the Sydney Morning Herald: "In light of recent allegations we are seeking clarification from Belle Gibson and her representatives regarding details of her biography and charitable endeavours. Any and all decisions regarding publication of The Whole Pantry will be made when we have had the opportunity to evaluate all the available information."