Journalist Lizo Mzimba of BBC has released a couple of new statements today regarding the reveal of J.K. Rowling as the author of The Cuckoo’s Calling.  The statements come from J.K. and Russells Solicitors (an entertainment industry law firm.) It was revealed today via The Evening Standard that the leak of Robert Galbraith’s true identity occurred because someone had loose lips.  In short, a Partner at the firm revealed to his wife’s friend, Judith Callegari, that J.K. was the author and she tweeted to someone who had said they enjoyed the book – read that full story here.

Since the news broke the publisher of the book, Mulholland Books, announced that it will have a second edition print of 300,000 copies.  J.K. Rowling also revealed through her Official Site that the book is indeed part of a series.

From Rowling: “I have today discovered how the leak about Robert’s true identity occurred…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. 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.”

From Russells Solicitors: “We, Russells Solicitors, apologise unreservedly for the disclosure…caused by one of our Partners, Chris Gossage, in revealing to his wife’s best friend, Judith Callegari, during a private conversation that the true identity of Robert Galbraith was in fact JK Rowling. Whilst accepting his own culpability, the disclosure…was made in confidence to someone he trusted implicitly. On becoming aware of the circumstances, we immediately notified JK Rowling’s…agent. We can confirm that this leak was not part of any marketing plan and that neither JK Rowling…her agent nor publishers were in any way involved”

Thanks Mugglenet!


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