For the first time, J.K. Rowling is voicing frustrations over a leak this past weekend which revealed she used a pseudonym to publish a book called The Cuckoo’s Calling.
“I feel very angry that my trust turned out to be misplaced. To say that I am disappointed is an understatement,” said Rowling in a statement to the BBC.
She continued, “A tiny number of people knew my pseudonym, and it has not been pleasant to wonder for days how a woman whom I had never heard of prior to Sunday night could have found out something that many of my oldest friends did not know.”
The source of the leak is now known: Russells Solicitors, a law firm, was involved with the unintentional unveiling. In the same report by the BBC, they apologized “unreservedly.”
From the BBC:
“In a statement, it said the wife of one of its partners, Chris Gossage, had told her best friend, Judith Callegari, that Robert Galbraith was really Rowling.
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The company said it was revealed “during a private conversation” adding “the disclosure was made in confidence to someone he trusted implicitly.”
Rowling’s people were notified immediately after the leak was discovered.
A few days ago, we learned that The Sunday Times began an investigation into the author of The Cuckoo’s Calling following a suggestive tweet sent to one of their editors.
Russells Solicitors emphasized that the leak was never part of a marketing plan by Rowling, the publisher, or her agents whatsoever.