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J.K. Rowling's Birthday

July 31, 2017

J.K. Rowling's Birthday

July 31st is famous for being the birthday of everyone’s favourite boy wizard, Harry Potter. But today is also the birthday of his creator J.K. Rowling. She is known the world over for creating Harry’s wizarding world, which has spawned one of the biggest franchises the book industry has ever seen. To celebrate Rowling’s birthday, however, we’ve been exploring some of the other books she has written, which often get lost in Potter’s shadow.

The Casual Vacancy

As Rowling’s first non-Potter book, this book was a hugely hot topic when it first came out in 2012. Set in the suburban West Country town of Pagford, this story follows the election for a council position following the death of Parish Councillor Barry Fairbrother. Fairbrother had supported an alliance with a local council estate, but several of the candidates seeking to replace him wish to dissociate with the estate. Those running for his position soon find their darkest secrets revealed online and their election campaigns ruined.

The Cormoran Strike series

Writing as Robert Galbraith, Rowling branched out into crime fiction in 2013 with The Cuckoo’s Calling. Cormoran Strike, the protagonist of the series, is a private investigator and illegitimate son of a famous rock star. In this first novel, he investigates the apparent suicide of a troubled model. The series has been very successful, with a television adaptation and the fourth title announced earlier this year: Lethal White.

Very Good Lives

In 2008 Rowling was invited to give a commencement speech at Harvard University. Her moving speech gives important advice for young people at a turning point in their lives. Drawing on her own experiences, she discusses some of the most important issues in life with a great deal of emotional force.

  • The Casual Vacancy cover
    The Casual Vacancy

    The first adult novel by J.K. Rowling

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  • The Cuckoo's Calling cover
    The Cuckoo's Calling

    The acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

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  • The Silkworm cover
    The Silkworm

    The second book in the highly acclaimed crime fiction series by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

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  • Career of Evil cover
    Career of Evil

    The phenomenal number one bestseller and the third book in the highly acclaimed crime fiction series by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

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  • Very Good Lives cover
    Very Good Lives

    J.K. Rowling, one of the world's most inspiring writers, shares her wisdom and advice in this artfully illustrated book.

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