Check out the latest newspaper article about the banning of Bloody Flies:
Here's Khalid Al Ameri (The National) following up on the UAE's ban/non-ban of the Fifty Shades series:
He makes an interesting case about cultural sensitivity, but I'm not convinced that it applies in all cases, i.e. Bloody Flies.
Attention UAE readers! My controversial novel, Bloody Flies, is now available to order at all Magrudy's bookshops. It's still not on the shelves but at least you can order it.
Find out what the fuss is about -- buy it now!
I've been informed through an intermediary that the National Media Council will not process Bloody Flies at this time. I was told that their representative enjoyed the book but he would not be completing the authorization process. He emphasised that the UAE doesn't ban books.
This non-ban means that I'm unable to do publicised public signings in the UAE and that I've had to withdraw the novel from souq.com. On the other hand Bloody Flies is still available for UAE residents (And everyone else) to buy online, from Amazon, Waterstones, Kobo, itunes, Barnes & Noble, The Mighty Ape etc.
Bloody Flies is causing a stir. Tell your friends.
Andrew J Keir
Scottish novelist and short story writer based in Abu Dhabi.