JK Rowling's new novel The Silkworm hits out at phone-hacking 'dicks'
The Harry Potter author's next crime thriller features a disreputable journalist
JK Rowling’s next novel includes a shady journalist and a not-so-subtle attack on phone-hacking.
The Harry Potter author’s second crime thriller, written under her pen name Robert Galbraith, will draw upon her own experiences of giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry after suffering press intrusion.
The storyline of The Silkworm begins with private detective Cormoran Strike supplying details to a journalist of a scandalous affair between a member of the House of Lords and his secretary.
A first chapter scene sees the journalist ask Strike how he persuaded the woman to talk to him. “I listened,” he replies, prompting the reporter to hit back: “All the other private dicks I use spend their time hacking phone messages.”
Strike also warns that phone-hacking as “illegal”, making Rowling’s own strong feelings on the matter explicitly clear.
The cover for JK Rowling's next novel
The new book, set for a 19 June release, follows Strike as he hunts down a killer who has murdered novelist Oscar Quine.
He discovers a manuscript in which many of Quine’s associates are portrayed unflatteringly, to the extent that their lives would have been ruined had the work been published – a possible motive.
Rowling’s first Galbraith novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, was published last year to critical acclaim.
She wanted her real identity to remain a secret so as to be free from preconceptions, but her confidentiality was breached by her solicitor.
When news of the betrayal hit headlines, The Cuckoo’s Calling shot to the top of book charts. The British writer later accepted a substantial donation to charity from the firm as an apology for the leak.
Final Top Gear reviewTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 2 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 3 Van driver who comforted Clark Carlisle and called 999 after suicide attempt dies age 24
- 4 James Blunt was special guest on the highest-rating Top Gear episode ever
- 5 Baby rescued 1km out to sea after parents forgot about her
Bad luck, One Direction: Paul McCartney doubts success of The Beatles will ever be matched again
This is surely the best way to watch Jaws
The Crystal Maze: Richard O’Brien confirmed to return as more details revealed about show's rebooted format
James Blunt was special guest on the highest-rating Top Gear episode ever
Guillaume Tell's gang-rape scene caused uproar at the Royal Opera House – but the portrayal of extreme sex and violence on stage is nothing new
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture