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Seven Strikes, Not Out? JK Rowling Great as Galbraith
August 2, 2014 By Jason Hibbitt
The town of Harrogate in Yorkshire recently hosted one of the events of the year. Not the Tour de France but an appearance by the creator of the tour de force that is Harry Potter. For JK Rowling was in town!!!
As part of the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival, JK Rowling made her only public appearance this year as crime-writing pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The event coincided with the recent publication of ‘The Silkworm’, the author’s second crime novel focusing on the ex-military man and now detective, Cormoran Strike.
Tickets for this event had sold out within 90 minutes of going on sale, showing that JK Rowling still is, and will continue to be, a huge attraction (but then I didn’t really need to tell you that…….did I….?).
And there was great news for fans and collectors alike.
In conversation with fellow crime author, Val McDermid, it was revealed that several more books were planned using the Galbraith alias. ‘It’s not seven, it’s more. It’s pretty open ended’, the author replied when asked whether seven books were going to be written under the alias. Furthermore, it was revealed that progress had already been made on the third book in the series- this one focusing on the experience of returning soldiers, and that a fourth book was already being planned.
Following the discussion session, JK Rowling delighted fans and collectors alike by signing copies of the Cormoran Strike novels using her Robert Galbraith signature. This was of particular interest to collectors as signed copies of the first book in the series, ‘The Cuckoos Calling,’ are rare due to the initial secrecy surrounding its publication. Indeed, the first printing/ impression of this book is desirable as it had a smaller print run and contained no mention of JK Rowling at all.
So it would appear that JK Rowling’s canon of work will likely encompass a strong crime component, with both published Galbraith novels attracting positive acclaim so far. This is unsurprising in this writer’s humble opinion. Many contributors and reviewers before me have pointed to the ‘whodunit’ nature of each of the Harry Potter books, and so a step into the crime writing arena is natural.
However, there is no danger in the Harry Potter phenomenon disappearing just yet. With the landmark series still delighting all ages, and the upcoming screen release of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, muggles can still bask in that magical world.
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