Sales Of “The Cuckoo’s Calling” Skyrocket After J.K. Rowling’s Pseudonym Is Revealed

Posted Jul 15, 2013

This past weekend, The Sunday Times revealed that J.K. Rowling, the creator of the Harry Potter series, has written a book under a pseudonym.  Rowling wrote a book called The Cuckoo’s Calling under the name Robert Galbraith.


Around 1,500 hardback copies of the book have been sold since April.  The book skyrocketed to the top of the charts at Barnes & Noble and when her identity was revealed.  The hardcover edition was listed as “temporarily out of stock” on both websites.

The new book is about a war veteran named Cormoran Strike that turns into a private investigator when he loses a leg in Afghanistan.

Strike was barely getting by until he was asked to look into the death of a supermodel.  Rowling said that she was hoping to keep her pseudonym as a secret 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.?

The book was published by Little Brown’s Sphere.  Sphere also published Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy.