There was surprise last night at written remarks by Booker prize winner Anne Enright on Kate and Gerry McCann in which she outlines how the couple get under her skin.
That sentiment is even the title given to her 2,000 word essay which appeared in the London Review of Books under the headline Diary: Disliking the McCanns.
Mr and Mrs McCann, both 39, remain official suspects in the disappearance of their four-year-old daughter Madeleine, who went missing on May 3 from the Algarve.
The Irish novelist, who has two children aged four and seven, was the surprise winner at Tuesday night's literary awards ceremony for her book The Gathering.
She was not available for comment last night. Before she won her award she wrote: "Disliking the McCanns is an international sport...
"I disliked the McCanns earlier than most people (I'm not proud of it). I thought I was angry with them for leaving their children alone.
"In fact, I was angry at their failure to accept that their daughter was probably dead. I wanted them to grieve, which is to say to go away. In this, I am as bad as people who complain that 'she does not cry.'''
"Then I go to bed and wake up the next day, human again, liking the McCanns.''
Her views came to light as reports in Portugal claimed that police want to carry out a "minute by minute'' reconstruction of Mrs McCann's movements on the night Madeleine went missing.Despite the re-invigorated police investigation suspicion still surrounds her.