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.
Is Fifty Shades banned or not banned in the UAE?
PS: If you liked Fifty Shades of Grey, why not Bloody Flies on Kindle or in Paperback?
Click the link to read the interview with Garry Craig Powell: http://garrycraigpowell.com/blog.php
Garry asked some questions I hadn't encountered before and I think this will give readers some new perspectives on Bloody Flies.
If you live in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, South Africa, France, Germany, UK, USA ... your life is now richer. Yes, from today, you can buy or order Bloody Flies form all good bookshops. The only place that might find a bit more difficult is the UAE ... But never fear, even Dubai, AbuDhabi and Fujairah residents can buy it on Amazon in ebook and paperback.
Check out my new page on Books from Scotland: http://www.booksfromscotland.com/Authors/Andrew-J-Keir
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/
A critic of my new novel asked me recently why I hadn't written a book about the day to day ups and downs of my life in AbuDhabi, and instead chose to write, Bloody Flies, a series of episodes that chronicle the collapse of an expats life.
The answer is simple: the idea of a day to day middle-class soap opera about AbuDhabi bores me to tears. It is much more interesting for me and for my readers to read something that is full of drama and conflict, and that fairly reflects what it must be like to loose a child in a foreign environment.
Besides, what makes Abu Dhabi, and the rest of the UAE, interesting to me is its issues. Abu Dhabi is, in lots of ways, Dickensian. The Emirate is extremely wealthy but is home to extreme poverty; it provides opportunity but due to its racially driven class system also throws up many barriers. The City is a melting pot and life in such a place never runs smoothly for eveyone.
For western middle-class people, like me, life is good. But if we choose to open our eyes to what is around us, almost one hundred percent of the time, we might also choose to acknowledge our complicty. AbuDhabi is not just about the wealth of Emiratis and Westerners: it is also about the poverty of Pakistanis, Fillipinos, Ethiopians, Indians and Bangladeshis.
Buy Bloody Flies at http://www.andrewjkeir.net/bloody-flies.html
Andrew J Keir
Scottish novelist and short story writer based in Abu Dhabi.