Author sparks backlash for criticism of Bake Off star
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.