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.
Waterstone's are interested in launching Bloody Flies in Glasgow in early august.
This will more than make up for my UAE launch being blocked.
Watch this space for developments.
Helena Frith Powell, novelist and favourite of Sunday supplements everywhere, has written a review of my new novel, Bloody Flies.
I've created a web page for the purpose of hosting the review. I know this is not how things are normally done, but Bloody Flies is not a normal book.
Click on the link to read the review: http://helenafrithpowellonbloodyflies.weebly.com/
Did a fabulous photo shoot with Silvia Razgova from The National yesterday. It was on the AbuDhabi breakwater -- amongst the jet skiing shebabs -- and loads of fun. M Magazine is featuring me in their Desert Island Books series and I can't wait to see the results!
The Keirs were at Marina Mall yesterday for a trip to the Cinema (Hugo -- a fabulous film, but another story). Afterwards, on the way to dinner, we stopped at the Manchester City shop so that my mancunian wife could look at baby booties stamped with the club crest. Our nephew and his wife have recently had a baby, but he is an ardent United fan and would be severely wound up by such a gift.
Naomi was considering the purchase when a Emirati man in full national dress appeared beside us and insisted on buying my twin boys a team shirt each, complete with name and number. He said it was important that all of the youth should support Sheikh Mansoor's team. After a moment of indecision I, of course, shook his hand and said thanks. The man then showed us a picture of his baby son and told me proudly that he was also a City fan. Naomi and I cooed appropriately. Before disappearing into the crowded shopping centre he informed us he would see us next time. Maybe then he'll buy me a shirt!
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Bloody Flies will be available on Amazon next month
Looking forward to the Emirates Festival of Literature in Dubai this weekend. If it's anything like previous years I'm sure it will be a fantastic couple of days. I've bought my tickets for a load of sessions, and I'm particularly looking forward to one with Mark Billingham on writing hooks in popular fiction.
See you there.
Andrew J Keir
Scottish novelist and short story writer based in Abu Dhabi.