All’s well that ends well in the case of the proffered pen name.
On her 48th birthday Wednesday, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling accepted an apology and a “substantial” check for charity from a law firm that leaked her identity as the author of a new novel written under a pseudonym.
The Cuckoo’s Calling has shot up best-seller lists in both England and America after the Sunday Times outed her as the author of the book written under the nom de plume Robert Galbraith. The law firm Russells admitted that one of it’s partners had let the secret slip to the best friend of his wife, who then tweeted it to a Sunday Times columnist.
The settlement was announced today after Rowling sued the lawyer and his friend. In addition to a formal apology, Rowling’s lawyer Jenny Afia told Britain’s High Court that Russells would make a “substantial” donation to The Soldier’s Charity, which provides assistance to former members of the military and their families, and reimburse her legal costs.
“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, according to EW.com.
The book’s central character, Cormoran Strike, is a wounded veteran of the war in Afghanistan, so Rowling felt it was important that the charity be involved in assisting former military personnel. Rowling also announced that she would be donating the royalties from the book for the next three years to the organization.
In a statement, Rowling said “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.”
A second Robert Galbraith novel is expected sometime next year.