JK Rowling used the nom de plume of Robert Galbraith for her latest novel The Cuckoo’s Calling. The book may have only sold 1,500 hardback copies since April but the reviews were quite positive. It seemed too well written for someone who was making their debut and a few people got suspicious.
This is where things get really interesting as once The Sunday Times realised that both Galbraith and Rowling had the same agent and publisher, they hired a linguist to analyse similarities in style between the Harry Potter books, The Casual Vacancy and The Cuckoo’s Calling. Apparently the similarities were substantial and Rowling confessed all.
I read a few comments along the lines of ‘how dare she?’ on different websites which strike me as a bit unfair. Authors use pseudonyms all the time and as long as she wasn’t using one to write an autobiography or claim extra academic qualifications, no one was hurt by the deception. You can read more about it all here.