The British publisher who decided to pick up Jewel of Medina, the novel that Random backed out on for concerns over terrorism, got a Molotov cocktail thrown through the front door of his flat in London. I have a hunch that his stance on the Whiteout sniffing issue at the school board meeting last week has come back to haunt him. I make light, because that’s what I do, but seriously: this is insane.
The London home of the publisher of a controversial new novel that gives a fictionalised account of the Prophet Muhammad’s relationship with his child bride, Aisha, was firebombed yesterday, hours after police had warned the man that he could be a target for fanatics.
A petrol bomb is believed to have been thrown through the door of Martin Rynja’s ÂŁ2.5m town house in Islington’s Lonsdale Square, which also doubles as the headquarters of his publishing company, Gibson Square. Three men have been arrested on terrorism charges.
The Observer has learned that police told Rynja late on Friday night to leave his property. His company recently made headlines when it announced it was to publish The Jewel of Medina.