New JK Rowling novel announced
Friday, 24 February 2012literature News
Harry Potter creator JK Rowling welcomes a new chapter in her writing career with her first novel specifically for grown-ups.
In what JK Rowling is calling 'a new phase in [her] writing life', the author has announced that she will be writing a new novel for adults which is said to be different from Harry Potter.
'Although I've enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series 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,' said Rowling today.
Rowling's Potter series sold over 400m copies worldwide and today's announcement should cause a sigh of relief for book traders everywhere.
Out with the old and in with the new, publisher Bloomsbury will no longer play a role in Rowling's future work and the author has signed up to Little, Brown for her book distribution in the UK and USA.
Unlike the Potter series, ebook copies of the new work will be available at the same time as the printed version.
Little, Brown remain tight-lipped about the new book, other than saying it is not written for children in mind. There has been speculation that the next book will be crime fiction, though the publisher has refused to divulge any information of what the book will be about or the genre.
The book title, publication date and further details are being saved for an announcement later this year.
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