J.K. Rowling outed

Base drummerThe Sunday Times revealed that The Cuckoo’s Calling supposedly written by Robert Galbraith, former Royal Military Police, was authored by J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series. She’s in the writing spotlight for trying not to be noticed. That’s right. Or, so she says.

Rowling’s statement to the Times, “I hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience.” She goes even deeper with “It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback from publishers and readers under a different name.”

From Rowling’s website (http://www.jkrowling.com/): “The upside of being rumbled is that I can publicly thank my editor David Shelley, who has been a true partner in crime, all those people at Little, Brown who have been working so hard on The Cuckoo’s Calling without realising that I wrote it, and the writers and reviewers, both in the newspapers and online, who have been so generous to the novel.  And to those who have asked for a sequel, Robert fully intends to keep writing the series, although he will probably continue to turn down personal appearances.”

Russells, a British law firm, confirmed that one of its partners let the information slip to Judith Callegari, the tweeter. The tweet escalated to a world-wide earthquake and forced Robert Galbraith, also known as J. K. Rowling, to tell the truth (http://www.robert-galbraith.com/). The Cuckoo’s Calling soared to the top of the bestseller charts and Little Brown plans to print an additional 300,000 copies.

All’s well that ends well, some say, but what reward has been given to the tweeter? News sources confirm that Ms. Callegari’s Twitter account has been deleted. Her crime? She told the truth without permission.



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6 responses to “J.K. Rowling outed

  1. So she’s right up there with Julian Assange?

    It was not her truth to tell; she betrayed JKR – who she didn’t know – but she also betrayed her ‘best friend’. She is a c***.

    • Thanks for your comment, Mr. Heenan. I should have included the apology from J.K. Rowling’s law firm to point out that Mr. Gossage, a senior attorney, is the one who betrayed JKR. I’ve seen no reports of punishment or even a reprimand for his breech of client confidence to an external source.

  2. Dougal Wilson-Croome

    I am very puzzled by your post. All’s well that ends well? For who?
    But what reward has been given to the tweeter? For what exactly?
    Her crime: that she told the truth without permission?
    I was under the impression that she had breached a confidence.
    I may be old fashioned but I believe that things told in confidence should remain that way. I am saddened that you clearly think otherwise.

    • Mr. Croome, I’m old fashioned too. I based my post on this admission from J.K. Rowling’s law firm. “In its statement, Russells reveals that the inadvertent disclosure occurred when one of its partners, Chris Gossage, revealed during a private conversation with his wife’s best friend, Judith Callegari, that Galbraith was a pseudonym for Rowling.” (http://www.today.com/books/law-firm-apologizes-outing-j-k-rowling-author-mystery-novel-6C10678562).

      When an attorney discloses facts to any external source (Gossage’s wife’s best friend), that is the breech, whether a private or public conversation. I have seen no reports of punishment for this attorney, have you?

      • Dougal Wilson-Croome

        Thank you for your reply. No, I haven’t seen any reports of punishment for the attorney, although I expect they are imminent. And, of course, the attorney breeched a professional confidence, but that has nothing to do with my comment. Two wrongs do not make a right. The first wrong was the attorney’s breech. The second and totally separate breech, to which I refer, was Judith Callegari’s which you appear to condone in your blog post. It is that which I take issue with. I believe in the simple, and seemingly old fashioned, principle that anything confided should stay confidential whether one is a lawyer, king, film star, housewife, or ‘man on the Clapham omnibus’. In British reports of the story, Judith Callegari was told ‘in confidence’; in your quoted report it was revealed ‘in a private conversation’. There is little difference; it was clearly never meant to be made public. Heaven help us if we can’t confide in friends for fear of it being made public. I think we will just have to agree to disagree on the matter.

  3. Apples and pears

    I agree. What a horrible thing to do. She is a terrible ‘friend’ and a gossip.

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