JK Rowling, author of the world renowned Harry Potter series that has captivated so many people from across the globe, has been revealed as the author of a crime novel. The Cuckoo’s Calling was published under the name Robert Galbraith, a pseudonym of the famous author.
The novel was said to be Galbraith’s debut work, and it received a great deal of critical acclaim. The novel is about a about a war veteran turned private investigator who goes by the name of Cormoran Strike. Investigator Strike’s services are called for in relation to the mysterious death of a model.
Rowling did not intend to reveal herself to be the author of the crime novel this soon. She did not have a choice after a the Sunday Times became a little too suspicious of the writing quality by a debut author. Staff at the Sunday Times suspicious after they began to wonder “how a first-time author with a background in the army and the civilian security industry could write such an assured debut novel”
Rowling’s publicist confirmed that the revelations were indeed correct, and that JK had in fact secretly written a crime novel.
After her secret was uncovered, Rowling admitted that she had “hoped to keep this secret a little longer” because “being Robert Galbraith” was “such a liberating experience”.
“It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name,” Rowling said in a statement.
Now that the world knows his secret, is this the last we will see of Robert Galbraith? Not according to JK Rowling, who plans to keep her crime writing alias alive into the future. “To those who have asked for a sequel, Robert fully intends to keep writing the series, although he will probably continue to turn down personal appearances,” she said following a question regarding a potential sequel.
The sequel is in the works and is expected to be published sometime next year.
Published in April by Sphere, part of Little, Brown Book Group, Galbraith or Rowling, has sold over 1,500 copies. Sales reportedly have gone up 500,000% on Amazon in the 12 hours since Rowling was revealed to be the author of the crime novel.
Writing under a pseudonym should not come as a shock to us, in prior interviews JK Rowling has stated that after finishing the Harry Potter series she would prefer to use fictitious names on her works rather than her own.
Finding success in another genre shows the well-rounded skill set that makes JK Rowling one of the most beloved authors of our time. Critics described her debut crime novel as “a scintillating debut novel” and pointed out her “superb flair as a mystery writer” well before it was revealed that Galbraith was indeed her.
If you are a fan of the Harry Potter series, you may now have to add a piece to your summer reading list. JK Rowling may not have wanted to reveal her secret, but she has successfully branched out into the world of crime novels.
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The Guardian Express