• For a novelist whose publisher’s home has just been firebombed in protest at
    a book that has not even appeared, Sherry Jones was in defiant mood.

    By Philip Sherwell in New York
    Last Updated: 10:03AM BST 05 Oct 2008

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    “Nobody has read this book and yet they’re outraged,” said the author of The
    Jewel of Medina, a romantic and sometimes racy historical novel about the
    Prophet Mohammed and his child bride Aisha. “So I’m delighted that finally
    my words are going to be able to talk for themselves.”

    Ms Jones was speaking to The Sunday Telegraph in a hotel next to New York’s
    chaotic and bustling Time Square, after flying in from her home in
    Washington state to publicise the US launch of the novel on Monday.

    The American release date was rushed forward after reports that the British
    edition might be dropped following last Saturday’s arson attack on the
    London home of Martin Rynja, owner of Gibson Square publishing house.

    “That would be very disappointing, ” said Ms Jones, a first-time author. “I
    would urge the British public to stand up for your right to freedom of
    speech and not be bullied. We can’t allow a small minority to dictate to the
    majority what we can read, write, think, say.”

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