Geraldine Bedell

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

She drew wide public attention when she claimed she had been disinvited from a planned appearance at the first International Festival of Literature in Dubai, because her novel The Gulf Between Us featured a homosexual sheikh.[1][2] Writer Margaret Atwood cancelled her scheduled appearance but later retracted when she found out that Bedell had never been invited to the Festival nor had her book been banned.[3] Atwood subsequently made two virtual appearances at the Festival and appeared in person at the 2011 Festival. [4][5][6]


She is married to Charles Leadbeater and is the sister of Elaine Bedell,[7] 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)