“The Cuckoo’s Calling” is a provocative book written by an ex-military man Robert Galbraith. Or so it was thought. It was recently revealed the “Harry Potter” writer extraordinaire, J.K. Rowling actually penned the favorably reviewed book, under her pseudonym: Robert Galbraith.
Writers for decades have used ‘pen names.’ They provide freedom of expression without being judged based on previous creations. Rowling’s spokeswoman confirmed the association this morning.
Rowling released a statement, nostalgic for the shroud that is now uncovered, “being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience.”
That is an understandable approach, this is centering around one of the world’s famous and richest writers. She is affiliated with one of the most historical franchises in history. In box offices alone, every “Harry Potter” film has grossed over $900 million for a total of $7.7 billion dollars in revenue. Yes, billions in gross revenue. It’s no wonder Rowling sought to continue her literary skills behind a pen name, and ‘Robert Galbraith’ is as polarly opposite as Rowling sought.
J.K. Rowling earned the status of billionaire on the Forbes list of the wealthiest people two years ago. Early last year she dropped into millionaire status. The change happened when Rowling wrote checks for approximately $160 million to charitable organizations. In addition, having that sort of wealth in your bank account is levied with severe taxes by the British government.
“The Cuckoo’s Calling” received rave reviews from critics after its release. On the site for the book, the ‘About the Author’ section, the following information was released:
“After several years with the Royal Military Police, Robert Galbraith was attached to the SIB (Special Investigative Branch), the plain-clothes branch of the RMP. He left the military in 2003 and has been working since then in the civilian security industry. The idea for ‘Cormoran Strike’ grew directly out of his own experiences and those of his military friends who returned to the civilian world. ‘Robert Galbraith’ is a pseudonym.”
Even the biography of the author paints from the palette that is Rowling’s creative mind. Fans raved about the book in outlets such as Amazon.com, hungry for the next book in the series.
With 464 pages, the book fleshes out an amazing journey of ‘Coroman Strike’ who lost his leg due to a land mine in Afghanistan. He becomes a private investigator, until a client approaches him regarding the supposed death of his sister known as Cuckoo. Enter the journey for the veteran, as he tries to locate information regarding his client’s sister.
The story has gripped audiences and impressed critics. The Sunday Times was more than impressed, it wanted to know how exactly a first time author could be such a literary genius. The news outlet detected similarities between the pen name and Rowling with a few distinctions: the book shared the same dark provocative entrance as Rowling’s “Casual Vacancy,” the same agent, editor and publishing company were notated and the subject matter was one Rowling had dabbled into before.
Rowling thanked her editor for holding onto her secret and not revealing it, she also stated she would continue to write the series under her pen name Robert Galbraith. The critics have been positive with Galbraith and possibly more so now that the connection to Rowling exists.