JK Rowling outed as author of crime novel

jk-rowling-cuckoos-callingAs I’m sure many of you have heard, this weekend it was unearthed that J.K. Rowling, beloved author of the amazing Harry Potter series, had written another book – and no one knew about it!!

Written under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, the detective tale The Cuckoo’s Calling  had sold a small number of hard cover copies.  And although it had received favourable reviews, it had not hit any best-seller lists and was generally ignored by the public.

Rowling has admitted that she is indeed the writer and that she’d hoped to keep her identity secret for a while longer.

“Being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience,” she said in a statement to the Times.  “It has been wonderful to publish without hype and expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”

The book has gone from unnoticed to instant best-seller, and retailers are struggling to meet the demand.  Cuckoo’s publisher, Little Brown, has ordered a second printing of 300,000 copies.

The story follows Cormoran Strike, a war veteran turned private detective investigating the mysterious death of a model who fell from her balcony.  A second book is in the works for 2014, making me hopeful that this is a new series that will have many, many books.

To be honest, I hadn’t heard anything about this book, or this author, before it was discovered Rowling was the real writer.  Having obtained an e-copy, I’m excited to start reading it as soon as I can!!  Of course, I’d like to finish World War Z by Max Brooks first, but as soon as that’s done, I’ll be giving Cuckoo’s a read.  I’ll let you know what I think as soon as I’m done!!

8 thoughts on “JK Rowling outed as author of crime novel

  1. Actually, she has not been unmasked yet. J.K. Rowling is a pen name and she uses a fake public birthdate. “MALFOY” is an anagram for “of Amy L”…and that is me.

    • Yes, J.K. Rowling is a pen name, but her identity isn’t a secret. She didn’t use her real name of Joanne because she felt that publishers might not want a female writer. But you can find out all about her here.

      • Obviously you missed the point of why I claim it is also a pen name and is to conceal her true identity. “Malfoy” is an anagram for “of Amy L”…and that is me. I made up the pen name Joanne Kathleen Rowling and the first two initials are using those of the two men who discovered me.

    • I’ve heard nothing but good things about the book, so hopefully this is the first step into a new series that’s just as awesome and well-done as harry Potter. Although HP will always hold a special place in my heart!!

      • Not yet, but I’ve got a copy of it. I hadn’t really heard anything too great about it, so I was iffy on reading it. I didn’t want to dislike something she’d done, because I love her oh, so much. So I’m torn on reading that one. If you read it, let me know what you think!!

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