Geraldine Bedell

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Geraldine Bedell is a British novelist and writer for The Observer.

She drew wide public attention when she was disinvited from a planned appearance at the first International Festival of Literature in Dubai, scheduled to begin on 26 February 2009, when her novel The Gulf Between Us was discovered by festival organizers to feature a homosexual sheikh.[1][2] Writer Margaret Atwood cancelled her scheduled appearance at the book festival in protest.[3]


She is married to Charles Leadbeater and is the sister of Elaine Bedell,[4] a senior executive at ITV.


  • The Handmade House (Penguin, 2005)
  • The Gulf Between Us (Penguin, 2009)
  • Party Tricks (Hodder & Stoughton, 1996)
  • A Fabulous Fling (HarperCollins, 2000)