I’m sure everyone is almost sick of hearing about this already, Twitter has been in a storm, Goodreads close behind and the book in question has zoomed straight to the number one spot on the Amazon bestsellers list.
So what does one more little blogger’s opinion matter? Not that much, but this is a book blog after all and like many I am a childhood J.K Rowling fan, so it would be criminal not to even mention it, right?!
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The Cuckoo’s Calling was originally published in April with the author name Robert Galbraith. Masquerading as a debut novel the story was said to follow a war veteran turned investigator who looked into the death of a famous model.
It wasn’t long though before people became a little suspicious, professionals noted that the novel seemed more polished than the average beginners and some of the prose seemed more feminine than would be expected from a male author.
Yesterday the truth was finally revealed, Robert Galbraith was a pseudonym created by J.K. Rowling.
Unlike some I wasn’t immediately surprised by the news. When The Casual Vacancy was released and all the hype was building around it I couldn’t help but feel a pang of sympathy for J.K. Rowling, the pressure must have been intense from both the public and critics. When you’re put up on a pedestal it’s a long way to fall. (Although I shouldn’t feel too sorry, she’s laughing her way to the bank.)
For this reason, the thought had occurred to me that she should release a book under a fake name. So my first thoughts were pretty much: J.K. Rowling, you BOSS. 😀
I’m so pleased that she got away with it, at least for a little while! I think it’s so respectable that she wanted her book to stand on its own two feet, to see what the public would think of The Cuckoo’s Calling without any preconceived ideas. Of course, the publishers always knew they would have the name reveal on their side if the sales figures lagged, and the mystery reveal is a great way to create a buzz around a book, but I think the point is most authors wouldn’t bother to go to the trouble. They would use their name to cash in rather than trying to hide it.
I love the front cover and will be jumping on the bandwagon like a good little sheep. You know I can’t resist buying anything by J.K. Rowling, although getting around to reading it is another matter, I still haven’t read The Casual Vacancy… I’m a little scared, but I must attempt it eventually! The Cuckoo’s Calling is supposed to be the first in a series, so hopefully we will once again find some great characters to fall in love with that are entirely different from Harry Potter but just as compelling. 🙂
Of course the question remains how much of this was pre-planned. Was the leaking of the truth really a leak? Or was it always intended for the truth to come out this summer when everyone was looking for their perfect relaxing read?
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What do you think of J.K. Rowling’s dramatic book reveal? Will you be trying her latest book? 🙂
For further information check out my budd Victoria’s post here on The Cuckoo’s Calling and the history of pseudonyms!
Book Cover Blue: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17684326-the-cuckoo-s-calling
Book Cover Grey: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16160797-the-cuckoo-s-calling