An Act of Literary Deception

An Act of Literary Deception

Our August 23 Books and Maps sale includes one of only a few copies of JK Rowling’s 'The Cuckoo's Calling' signed by the author under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

3 August 2022

It is thought that fewer than 250 copies of the 2013 first edition were similarly signed before Rowling was unmasked as the author a few months after publication. The creator of the Harry Potter series secretly published a crime novel under the guise of male debut writer Robert Galbraith in April 2013. The fictitious Galbraith was supposed to have been a former plain-clothes Royal Military Police investigator who had left the armed forces in 2003 to work in the civilian security industry.

 

The Cuckoo's Calling Robert Galbraith

Signed first edition- Robert Galbraith; J. K. ROWLING: The Cuckoo's Calling. £1,000-1,500

 

The Cuckoo's Calling, about a war veteran turned private investigator called Cormoran Strike, was reasonably well-reviewed at the time but had sold fewer than 1500 copies before the secret was blown by The Sunday Times in July. Within hours, it had risen more than 5,000 places to top Amazon's sales list.

At the time Rowling said she had "hoped to keep this secret a little longer. It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name."

Waterstones booksellers called it “the best act of literary deception since Stephen King was outed as Richard Bachman back in the 1980s."

The book was published in the UK by Sphere with a first printing of around 1500 copies. It was priced at £16.99. The signed copy that comes for sale at Sworders with an estimate of £1,000-1,500 was purchased at the time from London dealership Goldsboro Books.

Rowling/Galbraith’s series of Cormoran Strike books continues to grow, with the sixth book in the series, The Ink Black Heart, releasing in August.

 

 


 


 

More Recent News

 

The Latest Hires at Sworders Fine Art

Please join us in welcoming the newest recruits to come on board at Sworders Fine Art. These individuals have already made a huge impact on their fellow colleagues and their service to clients and we can’t wait to see them continue to develop in their roles.

10 August 2022

Wilhelm Kåge | Enter the Dragonfish

With a vast production, ranging from utilitarian dinnerware to statement art pieces, Wilhelm Kåge is arguably one of the most significant names in the history of 20th century ceramics.


9 August 2022

Painting in Stone

Seventeenth-century pietra dura panels from the collection of the late London art dealer, Sir Jack Baer, will be offered in our 13-14 September Fine Interiors auction.

5 August 2022

 

 


 

Get Sworders News