Book Club: JK Rowling’s own bit of wizardry

JK Rowling.
JK Rowling.

Thousands were spellbound at the weekend when the mysterious mastermind behind a criticially-acclaimed detectve novel was revealed.

Robert Galbraith, a supposed former Royal Military Police investigator, won the praise of his peers and was tipped as one to watch after his first book, ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’, took the literary charts by storm when it was published earlier this year.

But after real-life detective work, Galbraith has been exposed as a work of fiction, a pseudonym of bestselling Harry Potter novelist JK Rowling, nonetheless.

In what is being hailed as one of the greatest literary coups in decades, Rowling on Sunday admitted the deception, describing the ability to write and release a book under a pen name without expectation and scrutiny as “such a liberating experience”.

The revelation has sent sales soaring with the book rocketing from 4,159th to first place in the Amazon chart on Sunday.

The book was released in April to considerable praise and had since sold 1,500 copies in hardback, regarded as a success for a first release. The ploy was only exposed when journalists looked into the book’s supposed author and found Galbraith shared Rowling’s agent, editor and publisher.

“I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience,” Rowling said.

“It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”