If you’re a best-selling author, everything you do gets scrutinized. If you’re a best-selling author that single-handedly re-ignited a passion for reading in young people the world over, you can’t take a breath that someone, somewhere doesn’t want to know about. So it is for JK Rowling. Most writers wait their whole lives to be a best-selling author. When your first attempt becomes the most popular series in history, you might want some anonymity after that.
‘The Cuckoo’s Calling‘, a crime fiction offering from publisher Little, Brown, is being followed up by ‘The Silkworm‘ to be published on June 19. The book sees the return of PI Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. The synopsis released by the publisher is this:When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days (as he has done before) and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.
“But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives: meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.
“When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before… “
After her name was given with the first book, she took legal action against the firm that leaked the information. Successful in that, she donated the damages she was awarded to charity. With those of us that loved the world of Harry Potter, there are still things to look forward to. The website Pottermore lets us read the books in a whole new way, there is The World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, A stage play Rowling will co-produce and feature films based on characters introduced in the source novels. If that’s still not enough, you can always make your own Butterbeer from a variety of recipes.