The identity of the person behind the mystery Twitter account that ultimately led to the outing of J.K. Rowling as the author of The Cuckoo’s Calling has been revealed.
The BBC reports that the anonymous tweeter was Judith Callegari, a suburban mother of two. Callegari was told that J.K. Rowling was the true author of the book by her best friend’s husband, Chris Gossage. Gossage is a partner at Russells Solicitors, a law firm specializing in the entertainment industry.
Understandably, J.K. Rowling said in a statement that she is very angry to hear about this breach of confidentiality.
“I have today discovered how the leak about Robert’s true identity occurred. A tiny number of people knew my pseudonym and it has not been pleasant to wonder for days how a woman whom I had never heard of prior to Sunday night could have found out something that many of my oldest friends did not know.
“To say that I am disappointed is an understatement. I had assumed that I could expect total confidentiality from Russells, a reputable professional firm, and I feel very angry that my trust turned out to be misplaced.”
Russells has also released a statement regarding the situation, saying that the reveal was made during a private conversation between Gossage and a trustworthy friend, Callegari. Russells immediately contacted Rowling’s agents when they learned of the leak.
“We, Russells Solicitors, apologise unreservedly for the disclosure caused by one of our partners, Chris Gossage, in revealing to his wife’s best friend, Judith Callegari, during a private conversation that the true identity of Robert Galbraith was in fact JK Rowling.
“Whilst accepting his own culpability, the disclosure was made in confidence to someone he trusted implicitly. On becoming aware of the circumstances, we immediately notified JK Rowling’s agent. We can confirm that this leak was not part of any marketing plan and that neither JK Rowling, her agent nor publishers were in any way involved.”
Through an anonymous Twitter account, Callegari revealed to a Sunday Times journalist that J.K. Rowling was the true author of The Cuckoo’s Calling. An editor for the newspaper then did some investigating, sent other Rowling manuscripts, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and The Casual Vacancy, along with The Cuckoo’s Calling, to a pair of linguistic computers. The computers verified that they were written by the same author, and, after notifying Rowling’s reps, they ran with the story on Saturday.
Since then, demand for The Cuckoo’s Calling has skyrocketed, becoming an instant bestseller. Bookstores and online retailers are completely sold out, and a second printing of 300,000 is on its way. Learn more about the leak and read all the latest news here, at our page dedicated to The Cuckoo’s Calling.
Thanks MuggleNet for the tip.