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Saturday, 2 August 2008

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The novelist Salman Rushdie has threatened to sue his former bodyguard where in the latter's forthcoming book, Rushdie's former staff had alleged ill-treatment. Rushdie complained that he was portrayed as "mean, nasty, tight-fisted, arrogant and extremely unpleasant" by the policeman who was one of a number of guards hired to protect him during the dangers of the fatwa. Rushdie has insisted that he is none of these things. There are several examples of such episodes in the book where the Booker-winning novelist is also nicknamed Scruffy because of his "untidy appearance." The policeman's daring manuscript titled On Her Majesty's Service will be published next week by John Blake Publishing Ltd. Read You may read it all here in the Guardian.

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