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Many years ago (I think it was in the 80s) Virago published a collection of stories by Khan about the lives of Asian women. They then found out the true identity of Rahila Khan viz, a Church of England vicar named Toby Forward. To their shame Virago withdrew the book. No publisher has withdrawn his books on the grounds that he is not a child.

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