Online prices soar for JK Rowling secret novel

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THE crime novel secretly written by Harry Potter author JK Rowling has soared to the top of the book charts after its origins were revealed.

The demand for The Cuckoo’s Calling, the “debut” novel by Robert Galbraith – now known to be a pen name adopted by Edinburgh-based Ms Rowling – has led to urgent requests to publishers Little, Brown for thousands more copies.

Only 1500 copies of the book were printed initially.

Waterstones said it would take at least a couple of days for the second editions of the novel, now the hottest 
property in the literary world, to reach Scottish stores.

Meanwhile, people with signed copies of the first edition could make a handsome profit.

One signed copy of The Cuckoo’s Calling was on the eBay website for £370 while Abe Books listed the title at £1650.

A source said: “JK Rowling is notorious for not signing many of her books, so any signed copies immediately demand a premium.

“Signed versions of her Potter novels sells for thousands.”

The £16.99 book was published in April, but it only emerged on Sunday that the true author was Ms Rowling. She tweeted that she had hoped to keep her secret a little longer “because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience”.

She said: “To those who have asked for a sequel, Robert fully intends to keep writing the series.”