Frankfurt: UAE Supreme Council member and Ruler of Sharjah Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi signed his latest novel Baby Fatima and the King’s Sons, on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the world’s largest book fair — Frankfurter Buchmesse, or the 2018 Frankfurt Book Fair, Gulf News reported.
At a dinner reception hosted by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), Shaikh Sultan signed the novel, which is the story of an ambitious woman who clings to the falling rule of kings under the Portuguese occupation of the Kingdom of Hormuz (also known as Ormus). The novel offers a detailed description of social life in Hormuz, while not neglecting the military, political and economic situation prevailing at the time.
The book is a product of six weeks of relentless writing, with 35 reliable sources used as historical references. “In spite of the fact that novels require arduous effort to write and finish, their creators are elated when they see that the final products are based on facts and experiences that every reader who picks up the book will be able to learn from and enjoy,” he said.
“An author’s works are a piece of their heart, their passion and human responsibility towards current and future generations of readers,” said Shaikh Sultan.
He told a group of international publishers and authors during a dinner at Literaturhaus Frankfurt that authors who responsibly engage in publishing facts and truth do justice to history, and contribute to the legacy of an inexhaustible pool of global knowledge.