JK Rowling secret book had TV offers

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JK Rowling has revealed she had offers from two TV firms to bring the crime novel she wrote under a pseudonym to the screen even before she was “outed” as the writer.

The Harry Potter creator was exposed last week after publishing a detective tale, The Cuckoo’s Calling, under the name of Robert Galbraith in April.

Her unmasking left her angered, particularly when it emerged that her cover was blown by a senior figure at a legal firm which has represented her in the past.

Rowling has now pointed out the book was already gathering interest for adaptations and had sold a respectable number of copies. But admitted it was becoming “increasingly complicated” to keep the charade going.