Au­thor sparks back­lash for crit­i­cism of Bake Off star

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AU­THOR Jenny Col­gan sparked a so­cial me­dia back­lash af­ter crit­i­cis­ing the Great Bri­tish Bake Off win­ner Nadiya Hus­sain’s new book.

The Scot­tish writer has quit Twit­ter af­ter re­ceiv­ing an­gry mes­sages fol­low­ing her re­view of Hus­sain’s de­but novel The Se­cret Lives of the Amir Sis­ters.

In an ar­ti­cle for the Guardian news­pa­per, Col­gan, from Prest­wick, Ayr­shire, be­moaned the fact that Hus­sain had “put her name” to the novel, writ­ten in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the writer Ay­isha Ma­lik.

Ms Col­gan, who writes both ro­man­tic and sci­ence fic­tion, said: “It’s hardly a new phe­nom­e­non, celebri­ties turn­ing up out of the blue with nov­els what they have most def­i­nitely wrote. Maybe it’s par­tic­u­larly up­set­ting me as I’m a fan.

“Hus­sain is just so brim­ful of tal­ent; of hap­pi­ness and grace and skill. From a tra­di­tional Mus­lim back­ground, she grew up in Lu­ton and ended up be­ing uni­ver­sally loved and bak­ing for the Queen.

“Does she re­ally need to put her name to a novel, too, when there’s only so much shelf space to go around?”

The writer con­cluded: “I think the worst thing is that it feels greedy. Not the good greedy that makes you learn to make de­li­cious things and grab life with both hands, defy ex­pec­ta­tions, all the things which Hus­sain has done so ad­mirably.”

The ar­ti­cle drew a fu­ri­ous re­sponse from Twit­ter users with one tweet say­ing: “Dear black, brown & all woc (women of colour). Please do take up as much space as pos­si­ble, whether on screens or shelves or any­where else.”

On the Guardian site, one said: “This is a spite­ful jab at this woman, us­ing all kinds of ridicu­lous rea­sons.”

JENNY COL­GAN: Scot­tish writer has quit Twit­ter.

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