J.K. Rowling to donate ‘Cuckoo’s Calling’ royalties to charity, settles out of court with law firm

In true Rowling fashion, Jo will be donating all royalties from The Cuckoo’s Calling over the next three years to The Soldier’s Charity.

The Associated Press reports that J.K. Rowling will be donating all her royalties from the book from the next three years to The Soldier’s Charity, which helps former military personnel and their families. Rowling has also accepted a ‘substantial donation’ to the charity from Russells Solicitors, the law firm whose partner leaked the author’s true identity, and will reimburse Rowling’s legal costs.

Rowling was outed as the book’s true author by Judith Callegari, a Surrey mother of two who was told the confidential information by Chris Gossage, a partner at Russells Solicitors, a firm that worked with Rowling, and the husband of Callegari’s best friend. Callegari told a Sunday Times columnist over a Twitter conversation that Rowling was the true author, which led to the Times breaking the story on July 14. Confused? Refer to our Prezi that explains the events that led up to the leak.

According to the AP, Rowling sued the lawyer and Callegari. Her attorney, Jenny Afia, told Britain’s High Court on Wednesday that Rowling had been left “angry and distressed that her confidences had been betrayed.”

Via the AP: “As a reflection of their regret for breach of the claimant’s confidence, including frustrating the claimant’s ability to continue to write anonymously under the name Robert Galbraith, the defendants are here today to apologize publicly to the claimant,” Afia said.

Rowling chose to donate to The Soldiers’ Charity because she “drew on conversations with serving soldiers and veterans” to create the character of Cormoran Strike, the hero of the novel who is a veteran who lost a leg in Afghanistan.

“This donation is being made to The Soldiers’ Charity partly as a thank you to the army people who helped me with research, but also because writing a hero who is a veteran has given me an even greater appreciation and understanding of exactly how much this charity does for ex-servicemen and their families, and how much that support is needed,” Rowling said in a statement.

Rowling said she had “always intended” to give the charity a donation from Robert’s royalties but “had not anticipated him making the bestseller list a mere three months after publication.” She admitted that she actually never expected that he would ever be there.

Visit our page dedicated to The Cuckoo’s Calling for all the latest news and updates and our complete coverage of the novel. Last week, we learned that the book was being suggested for a film adaptation (article via The Guardian).


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