New York: Mulholland Books/Little, Brown, 2013. Hardcover; 8vo, hardcover 455 numbered pages, original gray ¼ and black boards, silver lettering to spine, Little, Brown COLOPHON Debossed into the Front Cover. Original pictorial unclipped, $26.00 priced dust jacket. Jacket Design: Mario J. Pulice; Jacket Photo: Robert Daly; Calligraphy: Joel Holland (illustrator)
First American Edition | First Printing April 2013 stated on copyright page with full number line.
BOOK CONDITION: FINE; tight, clean bright | JACKET CONDITION: FINE; very minor shelf wear, less than 1mm bit of coating missing along the top edge over spine, bright, unmarked and price intact.
NOTES: Dust jacket without mention of Rowling. Reportedly only 1,500 copies were printed in the first printing. **Information gathered from places such as Wikipedia and GoodReads.**
ABOUT THE BOOK:
When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger . . . A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London - from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the backstreet pubs of the East End to the bustle of Soho - The Cuckoo's Calling is a remarkable book. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joanne "Jo" Rowling, OBE, FRSL (born 31 July 1965), pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, is a British novelist, screenwriter and film producer best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies. They have become the best-selling book series in history and been the basis for a series of films over which Rowling had overall approval on the scripts and maintained creative control by serving as a producer on the final instalment. Born in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, Rowling was working as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International when she conceived the idea for the Harry Potter series while on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990. The seven-year period that followed saw the death of her mother, birth of her first child, divorce from her first husband and relative poverty until she finished the first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, in 1997. There were six sequels, the last, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in 2007. Since then, Rowling has written four books for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy (2012) and—under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith—the crime fiction novels The Cuckoo's Calling (2013), The Silkworm (2014) and Career of Evil (2015). Rowling has lived a "rags to riches" life story, in which she progressed from living on state benefits to multi-millionaire status within five years. She is the United Kingdom's best-selling living author, with sales in excess of £238M. The 2016 Sunday Times Rich List estimated Rowling's fortune at £600 million, ranking her as the joint 197th richest person in the UK. Time magazine named her as a runner-up for its 2007 Person of the Year, noting the social, moral, and political inspiration she has given her fans. In October 2010, Rowling was named the "Most Influential Woman in Britain" by leading magazine editors. She has supported charities including Comic Relief, One Parent Families, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain and Lumos (formerly the Children's High Level Group). Although she writes under the pen name J. K. Rowling (pronounced rolling), her name, before her remarriage, was simply Joanne Rowling. Anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers asked that she use two initials rather than her full name. As she had no middle name, she chose K (for Kathleen) as the second initial of her pen name, from her paternal grandmother. She calls herself Jo. Following her marriage, she has sometimes used the name Joanne Murray when conducting personal business. During the Leveson Inquiry she gave evidence under the name of Joanne Kathleen Rowling and her entry in Who's Who lists her name as Joanne Kathleen Rowling.
AWARDS AND HONORS: Rowling, after receiving an honorary degree from the University of Aberdeen Rowling has received honorary degrees from St Andrews University, the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, the University of Exeter which she attended, the University of Aberdeen and Harvard University, for whom she spoke at the 2008 commencement ceremony. In 2009 Rowling was made a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
OTHER AWARDS INCLUDE: 1997: Nestlé Smarties Book Prize, Gold Award for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 1998: Nestlé Smarties Book Prize, Gold Award for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 1998: British Children's Book of the Year, winner Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 1999: Nestlé Smarties Book Prize, Gold Award for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 1999: National Book Awards Children's Book of the Year, winner Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 1999: Whitbread Children's Book of the Year, winner Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2000: British Book Awards, Author of the Year 2000: Officer of the Order of the British Empire, for services to Children's literature 2000: Locus Award, winner Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2001: Hugo Award for Best Novel, winner Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2003: Premio Príncipe de Asturias, Concord 2003: Bram Stoker Award for Best Work for Young Readers, winner Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2006: British Book of the Year, winner for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince 2007: Blue Peter Badge, Gold 2007: Named Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person of the year 2008: British Book Awards, Outstanding Achievement 2010: Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award, inaugural award winner 2011: British Academy Film Awards, Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema for the Harry Potter film series, shared with David Heyman, cast and crew 2012: Freedom of the City of London 2012: Rowling was among the British cultural icons selected by artist Sir Peter Blake to appear in a new version of his most famous artwork – the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover – to celebrate the British cultural figures of his life.
Children Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (26 June 1997) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2 July 1998) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (8 July 1999) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (8 July 2000) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (21 June 2003) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (16 July 2005) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (21 July 2007) RELATED WORKS: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (supplement to the Harry Potter series) (1 March 2001) Quidditch Through the Ages (supplement to the Harry Potter series) (1 March 2001) The Tales of Beedle the Bard (supplement to the Harry Potter series) (4 December 2008) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (story concept) (play written by Jack Thorne) (31 July 2016) Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (6 September 2016) Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (6 September 2016) Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (6 September 2016) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film script) (19 November 2016) SHORT STORIES: Harry Potter prequel (July 2008) Adults: The Casual Vacancy (27 September 2012) Cormoran Strike series: The Cuckoo's Calling (as Robert Galbraith) (18 April 2013) The Silkworm (as Robert Galbraith) (19 June 2014) Career of Evil (as Robert Galbraith) (20 October 2015) Other Non-fiction: McNeil, Gil and Brown, Sarah, editors (2002). Foreword to the anthology Magic. Bloomsbury. Brown, Gordon (2006). Introduction to "Ending Child Poverty" in Moving Britain Forward. Selected Speeches 1997–2006. Bloomsbury. Sussman, Peter Y., editor (26 July 2006). "The First It Girl: J. K. Rowling reviews Decca: the Letters by Jessica Mitford". The Daily Telegraph. Anelli, Melissa (2008). Foreword to Harry, A History. Pocket Books. Rowling, J. K. (5 June 2008). "The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination". Harvard Magazine. J. K. Rowling, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and Importance of Imagination, illustrated by Joel Holland, Sphere, 14 April 2015, 80 pages (ISBN 978-1-4087-0678-7). Rowling, J. K. (30 April 2009). "Gordon Brown – The 2009 Time 100". Time magazine. Rowling, J. K. (14 April 2010). "The Single Mother's Manifesto". The Times. Rowling, J. K. (30 November 2012). "I feel duped and angry at David Cameron's reaction to Leveson". The Guardian. Rowling, J. K. (17 December 2014). Isn’t it time we left orphanages to fairytales? The Guardian. Rowling, J. K. (guest editor) (28 April 2014). "Woman's Hour Takeover". Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4.
NOTES: Dust jacket without mention of Rowling. Reportedly only 1,500 copies were printed in the first printing.
**Information gathered from places such as Wikipedia and GoodReads.**.