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Nobel laureate (Sir) V.S. Naipaul has pulled out of the outstanding Ubud Writers' and Readers' Festival (UWRF) in October after a reported "11th-hour request" for AUS$20,000 to perform.

Naipaul's literary agent disputed the account, saying in true Indonesian style: "V.S. Naipaul agreed to attend the Ubud Writers' and Readers' festival without honorarium, but regretfully withdrew when he discovered a conflict in his diary which could not be resolved."

Oh, a misunderstanding! OK, now we get it.

Five-star hotel, book sales, a few free meals and a love of literature not enough to sustain a hungry mouth.

We understand, Luvvie.

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