J.K. Rowling, the British female writer who is known for the “Harry Potter” fantasy series that has sold more then 400 million books worldwide, is now a mystery writer. Her latest book, “The Cuckoo’s Calling” is not under her name but a pseudonym which has now been revealed.
The book under the author’s name “Robert Galbraith” was doing well but when reports revealed that the real author was Rowling, the book skyrocketed to number one on the New York Times bookseller list and amazon.com. The Washington Post printed the following on a Rowling comment –
Rowling said Wednesday that “Robert was doing rather better than we had expected him to,” selling 8,500 copies in print, audiobook and e-book formats of thriller “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” which was published in April.
Rowling did not want her real name revealed and media sources reported she was “upset and angry” when her real name came out. Here is a clip from philly.com –
Upon discovering the gaffe, an angry Rowling released a statement Thursday through her publicist addressing the name leak. The author said, “A tiny number of people knew my pseudonym and it has not been pleasant to wonder for days how a woman whom I had never heard of prior to Sunday night could have found out something that many of my oldest friends did not know.”
She added, “I had assumed that I could expect total confidentiality from Russells, a reputable professional firm and I feel very angry that my trust turned out to be misplaced.”
Law firm Russells Solicitors was the guilty party that committed the leak on Rowling. The Huffington Post revealed this –
The company said in a statement: “We, Russells Solicitors, apologise unreservedly for the disclosure caused by one of our partners, Chris Gossage, in revealing to his wife’s best friend, Judith Callegari, during a private conversation that the true identity of Robert Galbraith was in fact JK Rowling.
“Whilst accepting his own culpability, the disclosure was made in confidence to someone he trusted implicitly. On becoming aware of the circumstances, we immediately notified JK Rowling’s agent. We can confirm that this leak was not part of any marketing plan and that neither JK Rowling, her agent nor publishers were in any way involved.”
In the aftermath of her unmasking, Rowling’s publishers have reprinted 140,000 copies of her crime debut to meet demand.
Mirror .com has disclosed Hollywood is petitioning to make the crime thriller a movie. Warner Brothers, the makers of the Harry Potter films, is in the lead so far; already having ties with Rowling.
Entertainment Weekly (EW) announced today that Rowling had sued the law firm and her friend for the exposure she wished to keep secret. Her attorney, Jenny Alfa stated that her client “had been left “angry and distressed that her confidences had been betrayed.”
“As a reflection of their regret for breach of the claimant’s confidence, including frustrating the claimant’s ability to continue to write anonymously under the name Robert Galbraith, the defendants are here today to apologize publicly to the claimant,” Afia said.
EW continued in reporting these statements –
Russells agreed to reimburse Rowling’s legal costs and to make a “substantial” donation to The Soldiers’ Charity, which helps former military personnel and their families.
Rowling also said she was donating all royalties from the book for the next three years to the charity.
The hero of her novel, Cormoran Strike, is a veteran who lost a leg in Afghanistan, and Rowling has said she drew on conversations with real soldiers to create the character.
“This donation is being made to The Soldiers’ Charity partly as a thank you to the army people who helped me with research, but also because writing a hero who is a veteran has given me an even greater appreciation and understanding of exactly how much this charity does for ex-servicemen and their families, and how much that support is needed,” Rowling said in a statement.
A clip from amazon.com of J.K. Rowling’s “The Cuckoo’s Calling is below (release date April 30, 2013).
The Cuckoo’s Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. A brilliant mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.
Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, thelegendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.
You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.