LONDON // The author JK Rowling yesterday accepted an apology and a charitable donation from a law firm which revealed she wrote a crime novel under a pseudonym.
The Harry Potter author was exposed by a newspaper on July 14 as the author of The Cuckoo's Calling, a thriller written by former soldier and first-time novelist Robert Galbraith.
There had been speculation the leak was engineered to raise the book's profile. But the law firm Russells, which has done work for Rowling, acknowledged that one of its partners had let the information slip to his wife's best friend, who tweeted it to a Sunday Times columnist. Rowling sued the lawyer and the friend and said she had been left angry and distressed.
Russells will reimburse Rowling's legal costs and make a "substantial" donation to The Soldiers' Charity, which helps former military personnel. Rowling also said she was donating royalties from the book for the next three years to the charity. Since Rowling was outed as the author, The Cuckoo's Calling has topped best-seller lists in Britain and the United States.