JK Rowling to pen first novel for adults

 
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Author JK Rowling has announced plans to publish her first novel for adults, which will be "very different" from the Harry Potter books she is famous for.

The book will be published worldwide, although no date or title has yet been released.

"The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry's success has brought me," Rowling said.

The writer published seven Potter books, which have sold more than 450 million copies around the world.

The books, about a boy wizard, became a worldwide phenomenon and were turned into eight blockbuster films starring Daniel Radcliffe.

When the final instalment of the book series went on sale in 2007, thousands of copies sold in minutes.

'Logical progression'

All the Potter books were published by Bloomsbury, but Rowling has chosen a new publisher for her debut into adult fiction.

"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," she said, in a statement.

"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."

Little, Brown's David Shelley said the company were "thrilled, honoured and proud" to be publishing Rowling's latest novel.

"For me, quite simply, it is a personal and professional dream come true to be working with JK Rowling."

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 121.

    @114 lalacollins

    If you have never read any of her books and don't intend to, why did you take time out to pass comment in this thread?.. Do you stand at the cheese counter of your local supermarket pointing out to passers by that you have never eaten Stilton and do not intend to because you favour Cheddar?

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    Comment number 120.

    97 Why not just keep an open mind? - you can't say you don't like something without having tried it.

    117 Pete, I agree with you there. My kids love some of the old authors esp Beatrix Potter & latterly Dahl but seem non-plussed by Enid Blyton. Never mind JK Rowling, EB's a bit over-rated in my opinion.

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    Comment number 118.

    So she's going to write an "adult " book is she ? That's extremely decent of her, I take it she also intends to give it away free since her audience might not be old enough to afford it ?

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    Comment number 117.

    @4.Balloon Rake

    Oh I agree. Filling kids heads with such nonsense. As you say, not like Enid Blyton; with her realistic stories of trees that lead to far off lands, Angry Pixies and a man with a face that looks like the moon, who lives in a round house with a slippery-slip.

    Have you actually read any Enid Blyton?

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    Comment number 116.

    @SPEEDTHRILLS
    I really fail the see the point of your theory (which, surely, you could have confirmed by seeing it in the young adult section of a bookshop). Sure, it's a young adult book, but that hardly makes it suitable for only young children as you put it; if it's a good read (which the Harry Potter series is; in my opinion) who cares who it's aimed for, just read and enjoy.

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    Comment number 115.

    Author writes book what do you think?
    Clearly a far more important topic than for example the obscene bonuses that British fat cats are paying themselves at the moment.

    Well done BBC for tackling this burning issue of the day!

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    Comment number 114.

    I have never read anything that she's written yet - don't intend to either. I prefer Sir PTerry.

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    Comment number 113.

    @ 111. Matthew

    "@102 KIT
    Hi there kit, sorry I Have no other link you may wish to try here publishers for that information. "

    Actually, I just did! They confirmed to me that she was born in the Cottage Hospital in Yate, and that she likes to tell people - especially our American cousins - that she was born in Chipping Sodbury, because the name has a nice ring to it.

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    Comment number 112.

    Interesting that JKR now intends to write stories for adults - it rather confirms my belief that Harry Potter stories are only fit for young children.

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    Comment number 111.

    @102 KIT

    Hi there kit, sorry I Have no other link you may wish to try here publishers for that information.

    An yes the trolls do wind me up, overlly politicalised or just idiotic morons that think it's funny.

    Thank you and have a fab weekend even if your supporting the men in White. lol :)

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    Comment number 110.

    105.

    TEMPUS FUGIT

    Although she has encouraged many a child to give reading a book a try this hardly ranks as newsworthy fodder does it now BBC?

    I know, sort of agree, but it is Friday. Relax and read a book!

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    Comment number 109.

    @107.paulmerhaba

    Like Terry Goodkind's "Wizards' Rules" series over 11 books? I enjoyed those as well. I assume you're intelligent, so understand that the basic storyline is simply a construct around which the storytelling takes place. As the books follow Harry through his school career and then into the "big wide world", 7 sounds right.

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    Comment number 108.

    I can imagine it now

    "Put your clothes back on Hermione" said Harry, "I'm off down the pub to watch the football"

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    Comment number 107.

    Good wizard and his mates beats the bad wizard and his mates. Did it need god knows how many books and films to tell that story. Or is it just greed?

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    Comment number 106.

    103.

    Bart Littlebird

    If I was JK Rowling I would have published the new book under a pseudonym to avoid it being compared…

    Wow, what a marketing point; just mention the month of the book’s publication and any authors sales would just rocket, great for book sales, great for book shops.

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    Comment number 105.

    I don't have a beef with or about JKR but surely there are slightly more weighty topics for HYS to present? Although she has encouraged many a child to give reading a book a try this hardly ranks as newsworthy fodder does it now BBC?

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    Comment number 104.

    @97.dobiegr

    And yet, ironically, despite having avoided anything to do with HP you still managed to come up with a suspiciously coincidental screen-name.

    J.K has an easily readable style of writing, and I agree the "world" she has opened bears further scrutiny - perhaps something truly dark and adult - but I do hope she opens a new world that is just as intriguing.

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    Comment number 103.

    If I was JK Rowling I would have published the new book under a pseudonym to avoid it being compared ad nauseum with the Harry Potter series. Mind you I guess then it wouldn't sell as well because not nearly as many people would buy it if they didn't know it was JK Rowling that had written it!

    I enjoyed the Harry Potter series though so I'm interested to see what she comes up with next.

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    Comment number 102.

    @101. Matthew
    "Hi there Kit, She went to school in Gloucestershire, but was born in Chepstow, If you look at here bio on her own sit JKR confims this herself"

    Thanks, Matthew. I did try her website, but it's being redesigned and not ready until spring. Do you have an alternative link maybe, as her background interests me?

    As for negative ratings, well, you have to allow for trolls on here! :-)

 

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