I was surprised to read the Random House in America have put on indefinite hold a novel because it might cause offence to Muslims. A journalist has written a novel about Mohammed and his first wife A’isha. The Author, Sherry Jones, herself says the book is respectful. Obviously no one will have the chance to find out if she was telling the truth or not.

There has apparently been some online debate about the novel before it was to be published but that is no excuse for a major publisher to loose their bottle and bow to a non existent pressure.

What is surprising is that this decision was taken in (and announced on) May, yet is being reported by papers now, early August.