We previously reported that Robert Galbraith who was named as the author of The Cuckoo’s Calling is really the pseudonym for Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. BBC News posted a follow-up article to report that the novel initially sold fewer than 500 books. Once J.K. Rowling’s “secret” was revealed, the book “rose more than 5,000 places to top Amazon’s sales list”. And the digitial version is now number one in the iTunes book chart.
Rowling had hoped to keep the secret a little longer. But when it was discovered that she and Robert Galbraith have the same agent and the same editor, further investigation revealed that Rowling and Galbraith were the same person, in spite of Galbraith’s fictitious biography of having been a “former plain-clothes Royal Military Police investigator who had left the armed forces in 2003 to work in the civilian security industry”.
The article quoted a few comments about the book from a few good sources:
A spokesman for bookseller Waterstones said: “This is the best act of
literary deception since Stephen King was outed as Richard Bachman back in the
One reviewer described The Cuckoo’s Calling as a “scintillating debut”, while
another praised the male author’s ability to describe women’s clothes.
Crime writer Peter James told the Sunday Times: “I thought it was by a very
mature writer, and not a first-timer.”
Fellow crime author Mark Billingham, who reviewed the book ahead of its
publication in April, said he was “gobsmacked” at the revelation.
According to the article, Rowling had mentioned a few times in the past that she considered writing under a pseudonym after the Harry Potter books were completed. In fact, a video of Rowling admitting that in an interview back in 2001 was embedded in the article.
There will be another Cormoran Strike book by Robert Galbraith to be published in 2014.
Click here to read the article and view the video.