Source of Galbraith Leak Revealed, JKR “Very Angry”


Jul 18, 2013

Posted by Brad Ausrotas

When The Sunday Times first broke the news about J.K. Rowling being the real author of The Cuckoo’s Calling, it was mentioned that a tip on Twitter had led to the eventual reveal.

According to the Huffington Post, that anonymous Tweeter has now been traced. London legal firm Russells stated on Thursday that Chris Gossage, a partner at the firm, had informed his wife’s close friend Judith Callegari about who Robert Galbraith really was. Callegari subsequently posted a Tweet on the subject, although her account has now been deleted.

In a statement to Rowling, Russells apologised. Rowling and her agent were immediately informed once the firm learned what had happened, with Russells confirming that the leak was not part of a publicity plan by Rowling.

For her part, Rowling has made her feelings clear. According to the Huffington Post:

Rowling said that “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,” she added. “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.”

News about the book’s real author has sent sales and demand for The Cuckoo’s Calling skyrocketing, with a special Robert Galbraith website and possible accompanying Twitter account set up. The site contains a lengthy FAQ by Rowling on the many questions surrounding The Cuckoo’s Calling since her outing as the author behind it.

5 Responses to Source of Galbraith Leak Revealed, JKR “Very Angry”

Avatar ImageCatherine says: I do feel terrible that Jo did not get what she wanted. She deserves anonymity that she so desperately wants and needs!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: I guess she has a right to be angry... Avatar ImageMad But Happy says: I can't blame her for being mad. Ever since the general public got wind of Rowling being the true author, I have watched the 1 star reviews pop up on Amazon in great numbers. Before the true author was revealed, the lowest rating on the book was 3 stars. It's no small wonder she wanted to keep it a secret. But, at the very least, she was able to get truthful reviews and opinions ahead of time. I'm halfway into the book now, and it's quite good.Avatar ImageXyra44 says: So sad that client confidentiality was broke. That is a trust that will be hard to win back. Also sad if she is getting bad reviews on a book that was generally liked before the leak. She has every right to be mad and disappointed.Avatar Imagekamion999 says: hello, the book got good revieuws, but did not sell very spectacular. now it's known to be a JKR it can cause the usual hype and storerun. and that is quite the reverse from A Casual Vacancy with had a storerun, but not that nice revieuws. An author is only as good as her of his last book and ACV did not stand up to expectations, which certainly would have influenced the receiving a ACC. So she should be glad in stead of mad to make a comeback this way.

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