While J.K. Rowling would have liked to keep the secret to herself for a bit longer, we’re thrilled that the truth behind the authorship of her latest mystery novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, has been revealed!
The book protected J.K.’s identity, as written under the alias Robert Galbraith — the truth only disclosed to those involved in the publication process and her lawyers. And yet, it has since been revealed that the author’s law firm Russells was responsible for the leak.
Though the Sunday Times reported the news, it seems Russells partner Chris Gossage opened up to his wife’s best friend, Judith Callegari — the woman who wrote the tweet outing the book’s true author.
"We can confirm that this leak was not part of any marketing plan and that neither J.K. Rowling, her agent nor publishers were in any way involved.”
Meanwhile, the Harry Potter novelist has spoken out against the firm:
“Only a tiny number of people knew my pseudonym and it has not been pleasant to wonder for days how a woman whom I had never heard of prior to Sunday night could have found out something that many of my oldest friends did not know."
"To say that I am disappointed is an understatement… I had assumed that I could expect total confidentiality from Russells, a reputable professional firm, and I feel very angry that my trust turned out to be misplaced."
Not the ideal situation, but at least now you know, J.K.!
That said, we're sure you've made a lot of fans happy!
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