New Novel by J.K. Rowling to be Published in June

J.K. Rowling is back!

After the commercial and critical success of her venture into crime novels with The Cuckoo’s Calling Rowling, writing again as Robert Galbraith, returns with The Silkworm, a novel that has an intriguing twist, the murder of a famous novelist!

Needless to say we’re excited, and you should be too.

If The Casual Vacancy didn’t prove once and for all that J.K. Rowling is more than just wizards and warlocks, then The Cuckoo’s Calling certainly did. Beat the rush and pre-order today.

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The Silkworm

by J.K. Rowling

(writing as Robert Galbraith)

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days – as he has done before – and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realises.

The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives – so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him. And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before…

The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant Robin Ellacott.

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Winners of the Maggie Beer, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and Jennifer Saunders prizes!

Maggie Beer Hamper – valued at over $500!

B. Colebrook, Nelson Bay, NSW

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the-casual-vacancyWinners of a signed copy of The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling!

L.Hope, Castle Hill, NSW
E.Lewis, Clifton Hill, VIC
E. McMurdie, Silvan, VIC
F. Coman, Mont Albert, VIC
B. Zerner, Fairfield, QLD
P. McGahan, Toowoomba, QLD


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bonkers-my-life-in-laughsWinners of a signed copy of Bonkers : My Life in Laughs by Jennifer Saunders

B. Kemmis, Toormina, NSW
C. Teh, Narraweena, NSW
M. Strang, Pymble, NSW
Y. Gray, Strathfield, NSW
L. Fuller, Baulkham Hills, NSW
R. Morrison, Kiama Downs, NSW
A. Jones, Cannington, WA
D. Griffiths, Prahran, VIC
G. Barker, Bentleigh, VIC
P. Buttigieg, North Perth, WA


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Congratulations to all the winners!
A Booktopia representative will be in contact with you via email or phone during December to confirm delivery of your prize.

REVIEW: The Cuckoo’s Calling (Review by Hayley Shephard)

the-cuckoo-s-callingFrom the outset I want to say I’m a HUGE J.K. Rowling fan, but I’ve never really been a fan of crime fiction, and as I started reading The Cuckoo’s Calling, I wondered if Rowling would win me over. With the words over-flowing I asked myself whether I would be able to keep track or even remember the many characters who could possibly be attached to the apparent suicide of one model named, Lula Landry.

But as I kept reading I found myself more interested in the story and more eager to follow Detective Cormoran Strike, in his quest to find the killer, which at first even he is sceptical exists.

The abundance of adjectives and verbs helped me to better picture the characters and crime scenes that inhabit this modern-day London, or more specifically, the celebrity obsessed world that we live in and those that covet its riches.jkrowling

After each chapter I drew my own conclusions from the evidence presented to me through the detailed detective work of Cormoran Strike. I got that eerie feeling you get from certain characters and that pity you develop for others. These feelings helped me to group together my three final suspects.

Of my three suspects, one was the killer, so I was certainly proud of myself. But I guess that is what crime novels are all about: they present you with many suspects that you must break-down, but you are still left with a few.

Once again, J.K. Rowling has done it. Post Harry Potter, there’s been a big hole in my life that I needed to fill. Rowling has not only filled it, but crime fiction now has a new fan.

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Want a signed copy of J.K. Rowlings’ The Casual Vacancy?

Just buy a copy of J.K. Rowling’s The Cuckoo’s Calling and go in the draw!

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Win A Signed Copy Of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy

Wow, big news for J.K. Rowling fans.

Just buy a copy of J.K. Rowling’s acclaimed adult novels The Casual Vacancy or The Cuckoo’s Calling and go in the draw to win a copy of The Casual Vacancy signed by J.K. Rowling herself!

It doesn’t get much bigger than that. We’ve been gazing at her signature all week at the Booktopia offices, but now it’s time for you to put yourself in the running to win it!

Hurry, you have until the 10th of December to give yourself a chance at this opportunity to own a signed J.K. Rowling book of your very own!

The Cuckoo’s Calling

by J. K. Rowling (writing as Robert Galbraith)

A remarkable debut – a classic crime novel in the tradition of James and Rendell.

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.

A war veteran, wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s complex world, the darker things get – and the closer he gets to terrible danger. . .

A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London – from the hushed streets of Mayfair, to the backstreet pubs of the East End, to the bustle of Soho – The Cuckoo’s Calling is the next remarkable novel from Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. Introducing Cormoran Strike, it is a classic crime novel in the tradition of PD James and Ruth Rendell, and unlike any other book you will read this year.

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The Casual Vacancy

by J.K. Rowling

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils. . . Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.

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J.K. Rowling To Pen New Wizard Series

J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. have announced that she will adapt her Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, into an cinematic adventure about that book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander. Rowling’s first-ever screenplay is expected to be the first of a series of new films about the wizarding world that fans know well from the Potter books and movies.

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” said Rowling, in a statement. “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway.”

9781408803011Scamander has long been part of the Potter universe, ever since he got a brief mention in the first book, Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone. One of Hogwarts’ esteemed former headmasters, his image occasionally popped up in the wizarding school’s living portraits. Scamander had been an expert Magizoologist — a student of magical creatures — ever since a childhood fascination with hippogriffs and he went on to work for the Ministry of Magic. Beginning in 1918, he spent nearly a decade researching and writing Fantastic Beasts, traveling to every corner of the globe in his spare time to research the wizarding world’s most fascination creatures.

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Revelations About J.K. Rowling’s Secret New Book Shock The World

J.K. Rowling’s second book written as Robert Galbraith is now available for pre-order. Click here for more details.

The world went to bed last night confident in the belief that J.K. Rowling’s last novel was 2012′s The Casual Vacancy.

It woke to the news that the best selling author has a new book. Out now. And it’s been out since April.

WHAT!

You see, Rowling published the book The Cuckoo’s Calling in April, under the pen name Robert Galbraith. The book has received praise, and as critics investigated the mysterious identity of the debut novelist they got a gigantic surprise when it emerged that the real author was one J.K. Rowling.

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Jennifer Byrne will interview J.K. Rowling!

Mark your diaries! Jennifer Byrne is the only Australian journalist to be granted access to J.K. Rowling to talk about the most hotly anticipated book of the year — her first book for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy. Rowling is only giving a handful of interviews worldwide. Don’t miss this fascinating discussion with one of the world’s most loved authors. J. K. Rowling: Life After Potter will air on ABC1 on Thursday, 27 September at 8pm – just three hours after The Casual Vacancy goes on sale in Australia and around the world.


The Casual Vacancy

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.

Click here to order The Casual Vacancy from Booktopia,
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John Purcell: This is the book which is making the bookworld nervous. The publisher is printing truckloads of the thing. Booksellers are playing along. No one knows if the readers will come out to play. JK’s first book for adults… Will it be any good? Because of a strict embargo no one will know until the day of publication when bloggers worldwide will race each other to be first to post a review.

Personally, I think it will be good. I think people will be delighted. And as soon as readers hear that it is good, they will flood into stores. This may not be a pre-order dream but it will be the biggest non-bondage book of the year.

So be one of the cool kids. Get it before everyone else. Your faith will be rewarded.

J. K. Rowling reveals the cover her of new book, The Casual Vacancy. What do you think?

The Casual Vacancy 
512 pages

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.
Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.

Pre-order The Casual Vacancy now from Booktopia to ensure you get your copy

HUGE NEWS: J.K. Rowling’s new novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy (Pre-order now)

Author: J.K. Rowling © Wall to Wall Media Ltd. Photographer: Andrew Montgomery.

 

J.K. Rowling has just announced her new novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy.

It will be released on September 27, 2012.

Pre-order now

Publisher’s blurb:

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.

Seemingly an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

Here’s what people are saying:

From the Guardian:

JK Rowling’s first novel aimed at adults will be a “blackly comic” tale of small town politics that at first glance couldn’t be further from the magical world of Hogwarts, her publisher has revealed. The subject matter raised eyebrows in the publishing industry; there had been speculation that Rowling might be entering the genre of hard-boiled Edinburgh crime fiction after discovering that her editor, David Shelley, counts Dennis Lehane, Val McDermid, Carl Hiaasen and Mark Billingham among his authors.

Neill Denny, editor of the Bookseller, said it was an “interesting move” from Rowling: “It’s not the niche people were steering her into,” he said. “This is clearly not a traditional crime novel, it sounds quirky, it sounds interesting – and ambitious. It’s a niche with little else in it, which perhaps only she can fill.” Read more…

From the New York Daily:

Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books have sold more than 450 million copies worldwide, and she has never published anything unrelated to the boy wizard: Her last work, 2008′s The Tales of Beedle the Bard, was a collection of stories based on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The Casual Vacancy will run to about 480 pages and will be available in both print and e-book format. Read more…

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BIG NEWS: J.K. Rowling to publish a novel for adults (but what is it about?)

From the Little, Brown website:

Little, Brown Book Group and Little, Brown and Company are delighted to announce that they will publish J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults worldwide in the English language, both in print and ebooks.

David Shelley, Publisher, Little, Brown Book Group, will be J.K. Rowling’s editor and will be responsible for publication in the United Kingdom with Michael Pietsch, Executive Vice President of Little, Brown and Company, responsible for publication in the United States. The book will be published by Hachette in Australia and in New Zealand and by Hachette’s companies and normal appointed agents for the English language in other markets.

The title, the date for the worldwide publication and further details about the novel will be announced later in the year.

J.K. Rowling said:

“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world. The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.”

David Shelley said:

 “Tim Hely Hutchinson, Ursula Mackenzie and I, and the whole team at Little, Brown in the UK, along with our colleagues David Young and Michael Pietsch at Little, Brown in the USA, are thrilled, honoured and proud to be publishing J.K. Rowling’s new book. “For me, quite simply, it is a personal and professional dream come true to be working with J.K. Rowling. She is one of the best storytellers in the world, and I am looking forward enormously to helping bring her new novel for adults to her fans and admirers, and to introducing her writing to new readers the world over.”

J.K. Rowling was represented by Neil Blair of The Blair Partnership.

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James Hall in UK The Telegraph:

Little, Brown, which is also home to authors such as Alexander McCall Smith and Jenny Colgan, refused to comment on the book, beyond saying that its title, publishing date and “further details” will be announced later this year.

As soon as the deal was announced, speculation swirled around Twitter about the book’s content.  Ian Rankin, the Edinburgh-based author whose highly-successful Rebus detective novels are also set in the city, suggested Rowling’s book will be a crime novel.

“Wouldn’t it be funny if J K Rowling’s first novel for adults turned out to be a crime story set in Edinburgh? My word yes,” he said. He continued: “Might explain why she left the neighbourhood (me, McCall Smith, Atkinson near-neighbours) and moved across town..”

Neil Blair, Ms Rowling’s literary agent at The Blair Partnership, remained tight lipped about the book. He said that it was “exciting news” when contacted by The Daily Telegraph but would reveal no more.

“At this time neither we nor Little, Brown are providing any further details I’m afraid,” said Mr Blair.

Read entire article here…

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