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JK Rowling has revealed her crime novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith will eventually outnumber her Harry Potter books.

The author said her plans as Robert Galbraith were “pretty open ended” and that his books would number more than the seven Harry Potter novels she wrote.

The second novel under Robert Galbraith’s name was published in June, and she said she was half-way through writing the third.

JK Rowling was speaking at a rare public talk at Harrogate’s Crime Writing Festival.

Robert Galbraith’s novels follow private detective Cormoran Strike, a former military police investigator in the Special Investigation Branch.

JK Rowling, who began using the pseudonym for her crime writing career after completing the Harry Potter series, said the third Robert Galbraith novel would centre on returning military personnel.

JK Rowling has revealed her crime novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith will eventually outnumber her Harry Potter books

JK Rowling has revealed her crime novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith will eventually outnumber her Harry Potter books (photo CNN)

She was interviewed on stage in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, on Friday by fellow crime author Val McDermid.

Asked whether it was true that she would write a total of seven novels under the Galbraith name, JK Rowling replied: “It’s not seven. It’s more. It’s pretty open ended.

“I really love writing these books, so I don’t know that I’ve got an end point in mind.

“One of the things I absolutely love about this genre is that, unlike Harry, where there was an overarching story, a beginning and an end, you’re talking about discrete stories. So while a detective lives, you can keep giving him cases.”


JK Rowling added: “I’m about half-way through the third [novel] and I’ve just started plotting the fourth.”

Wearing a grey suit and pink tie, which she described as “my Robert suit”, JK Rowling told the audience that she started writing under a pseudonym because: “I wanted to prove to myself that I could get a book published on the merits of the book.”

Asked why she chose to write crime stories after the Harry Potter series, JK Rowling replied: “I love crime fiction. I’ve always loved it. I read a lot of it and I think, in many ways, that the Harry Potter books are whodunnits in disguise.

“I enjoy, I suppose, the ‘golden age’ book. That’s very much what I was trying to do in these books – to take that finite number of suspects, the genuine whodunnit style, but make it very contemporary, bring it up to date, and make sure this is a credible person with a credible back story for nowadays.”

Referring to the “golden age”, JK Rowling said she was a fan of authors Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Margery Allingham and Ngaio Marsh, who wrote in the mid-20th Century.

“My very favorite of those four is Allingham, and she’s the least known,” she said.

“The Tiger in the Smoke is a phenomenal novel.”

JK Rowling is also currently working on her first film script, for Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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JK Rowling has accepted a substantial charity donation from the law firm that revealed she was writing under a pseudonym.

The Harry Potter author brought a legal action against Chris Gossage, a partner at Russells Solicitors, and his friend, Judith Callegari.

JK Rowling was revealed as the writer of crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling in a Sunday Times article.

She had published the book under the pen name Robert Galbraith.

JK Rowling’s solicitor told Mr. Justice Tugendhat that Russells had contacted the writer’s agent after the story was published, revealing it was Chris Gossage who had divulged the confidential information to Judith Callegari.

Judith Callegari then revealed the information in the course of a Twitter exchange with a journalist.

JK Rowling has accepted a substantial charity donation from the law firm that revealed she was writing under a pseudonym

JK Rowling has accepted a substantial charity donation from the law firm that revealed she was writing under a pseudonym

The court heard JK Rowling had been “left dismayed and distressed by such a fundamental betrayal of trust”.

Chris Gossage, Judith Callegari and Russells all apologized and the firm agreed to pay the author’s legal costs.

It also agreed to make a payment, by way of damages, to the Soldiers’ Charity, formerly known as the Army Benevolent Fund.

JK Rowling explained that she was donating the money “partly as a thank you to the army people” who helped her with research.

“But also because writing a hero who is a veteran has given me an even greater appreciation and understanding of exactly how much this charity does for ex-servicemen and their families, and how much that support is needed,” the author said.

The Cuckoo’s Calling, about a war veteran turned private investigator called Cormoran Strike, had sold 1,500 copies before it was revealed that JK Rowling was its author.

Within hours, the novel rose more than 5,000 places to top Amazon’s sales list.

JK Rowling said she would also be donating all the royalties for the book to the charity.

She said she had “always intended to give The Soldiers’ Charity a donation out of Robert’s royalties but I had not anticipated him making the bestseller list a mere three months after publication (indeed, I had not counted on him ever being there!)”.

Major General Martin Rutledge, Chief Executive of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity said they were “absolutely thrilled” by her “extraordinary generosity”.

“This donation will make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of soldiers, former soldiers and their families who are in real need. Her tremendous show of support for The Soldiers’ Charity will help to remind people of the many sacrifices made by our soldiers, long after any news of Afghanistan has left the front page,” Martin Rutledge added.

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The Cuckoo’s Calling – JK Rowling’s “secret” crime novel – has topped book charts after it was revealed she had written it under a pseudonym.

Harry Potter novelist JK Rowling published The Cuckoo’s Calling as Robert Galbraith.

The crime novel had sold fewer than 500 copies before the secret emerged in the Sunday Times, according to Nielsen BookScan’s figures.

Within hours, the book rose more than 5,000 places to top Amazon’s sales list.

The digital version is now also at number one in the iTunes book chart.

The book was published by Sphere, part of Little, Brown Book Group which published JK Rowling’s first foray into writing novels for adults, The Casual Vacancy.

The Cuckoo's Calling, JK Rowling's "secret" crime novel, has topped book charts after it was revealed she had written it under a pseudonym

The Cuckoo’s Calling, JK Rowling’s “secret” crime novel, has topped book charts after it was revealed she had written it under a pseudonym

Little, Brown’s David Shelley confirmed to The Bookseller the publisher had ordered an “immediate reprint” with the number not yet confirmed.

JK Rowling said she had “hoped to keep this secret a little longer”.

The author described “being Robert Galbraith” as “such a liberating experience”.

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 1980s.”

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.

The fictitious Robert Galbraith was supposed to have been a former plain-clothes Royal Military Police investigator who had left the armed forces in 2003 to work in the civilian security industry.

However a clue that JK Rowling was behind the novel was that she and Robert Galbraith shared an agent and editor.

In previous interviews, JK Rowling has said she would prefer to write novels after Harry Potter under a pseudonym.

Another Cormoran Strike book by Robert Galbraith is in the pipeline, to be published next year.

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Harry Potter author JK Rowling has secretly written a crime novel – The Cuckoo’s Calling – under the guise of male debut writer Robert Galbraith.

The British author was acclaimed for The Cuckoo’s Calling, about a war veteran turned private investigator called Cormoran Strike.

The book, published in April, has sold 1,500 copies in hardback so far.

Her secret emerged after the Sunday Times wondered how a first-time author could produce such an accomplished work.

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

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

JK Rowling has secretly written crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling under the guise of male debut writer Robert Galbraith

JK Rowling has secretly written crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling under the guise of male debut writer Robert Galbraith

One reviewer described The Cuckoo’s Calling as a “scintillating debut”. Another praised the male author’s ability to describe women’s clothes.

A clue that JK Rowling was behind the novel was that she and “Robert Galbraith” shared an agent and editor.

The book was published by Sphere, part of Little, Brown Book Group which published JK Rowling’s foray into writing novels for adults, The Casual Vacancy.

There were also similarities in style between The Cuckoo’s Calling and JK Rowling’s other works.

JK Rowling said her editor, David Shelley, had been “a true partner in crime”.

Crime writer Peter James told the Sunday Times: “I thought it was by a very mature writer, and not a first-timer.”

The fictitious Robert Galbraith was supposed to have been a former plain-clothes Royal Military Police investigator who had left the armed forces in 2003 to work in the civilian security industry.

In previous interviews, JK Rowling has said she would prefer to write novels after Harry Potter under a pseudonym.

Another Cormoran Strike book by Robert Galbraith is in the pipeline, to be published next year.