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JK Rowling lawyer fined over leak

By Tim Sandle     Jan 3, 2014 in Entertainment
Chris Gossage, a partner at Russells Solicitors, has been fined over leaking the fact that JK Rowling had written a novel under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling had written a crime novel under the name of 'Robert Galbraith'. The idea was that the wider public and critics might take the novel more seriously if they thought it was written by an unknown rather than a famous woman associated with books about boy wizards.
However, the secret did not last too long. Unfortunately for Rowling, one of her legal team leaked the fact the she was, in fact, Robert Galbraith. How did this come about? It appears, the Financial Times recounts, that the lawyer, Chris Gossage, confided in his wife's best friend that Rowling had written the book - The Cuckoo's Calling - under a pseudonym. The secret was then publicly revealed by The Sunday Times in July last year.
For the gaff, the lawyer has been fined £1,000 for breaching privacy rules. The fine, of £1,000, has come from the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
At the time of the news breaking, according to the BBC Rowling was deeply unhappy. She is quoted as saying: "I feel very angry that my trust turned out to be misplaced. To say that I am disappointed is an understatement."
That said, the revelation did help sales. The Cuckoo's Calling, a book about a war veteran turned private investigator, had originally sold just 1,500 copies. However, within hours of Rowling being publicly named, sales had risen more than 5,000 places to top Amazon's sales list.
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