Libraries join JK Rowling waiting list

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EDINBURGH libraries’ waiting list for a crime novel secretly penned by JK Rowling has grown to more than 80 just days after it emerged the Harry Potter author was behind the book.

Just two members had joined the queue to read The Cuckoo’s Calling, written by Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Publishers are rushing ahead with a second run of 140,000 further copies for sale

But just days after her secret was revealed, the waiting list soared.

A libraries spokesperson said: “On Friday last week two library members were on the waiting list for this book. By Monday afternoon the number had grown to over 80, after the revelation that Robert Galbraith was in fact JK Rowling.

“This got us to thinking about other literary deceptions, misdirections and anonymous author stories.”

Rowling was rumbled three months after the book was published and has admitted that she had enjoyed the anonymity.

“I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience,” she said in a statement published on her website.

“It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”

The renowned Edinburgh author published her first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, last autumn.