Sales soar of Rowling’s secret new book

Harry Potter author JK Rowling. Picture: PA
Harry Potter author JK Rowling. Picture: PA
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SALES of JK Rowling’s new crime novel have soared since she was outed as the writer.

The Edinburgh-based author revealed over the weekend she had written the acclaimed crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling under the name Robert Galbraith.

The book was published in April and sold 1500 hardback copies. But since it was revealed the Harry Potter writer wrote the book under the pseudonym, sales on Amazon alone have soared 500,000 per cent.

Ms Rowling described writing under an assumed name a “liberating experience”.

The book tells the story of a troubled model who plunges to her death from a Mayfair balcony. Suspecting foul play, her brother calls in Cormoran Strike, a war veteran turned PI.

Speculation about the identity of the book’s author has mounted since it was published, with the truth revealed when it was noticed that Mr Galbraith and Ms Rowling had the same publisher and editor. Reviewers have described the book as “exhilarating” and “gripping”.