Statement issued on behalf of J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling is delighted to announce that worldwide publishing royalties from her Robert Galbraith novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, will be donated to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity (formerly The Army Benevolent Fund).
All global net royalties that would otherwise have been paid to the author from book sales of The Cuckoo’s Calling will be donated to The Soldiers’ Charity for a period of three years, dating from the 14th July 2013 (the day that Robert Galbraith’s identity was made known).
J.K. Rowling comments:
“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."
“I always intended to give The Soldiers’ Charity a donation out of Robert’s royalties but I had not anticipated him making the bestseller list a mere three months after publication (indeed, I had not counted on him ever being there!).”
Major General Martin Rutledge, Chief Executive of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity says:
“We are absolutely thrilled by the extraordinary generosity of J.K. Rowling, who is such an internationally renowned author."
“This donation will make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of soldiers, former soldiers and their families who are in real need."
“Her tremendous show of support for The Soldiers’ Charity will help to remind people of the many sacrifices made by our soldiers, long after any news of Afghanistan has left the front page.”
Please note the J.K. Rowling is not available for interview and that there will be no further comment.
Brigadier Robin Bacon of The Soldiers’ Charity is available for comment about the work of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
NOTES TO EDITORS
• The Cuckoo’s Calling is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, published by Little, Brown in the UK.
Go to www.robert-galbraith.com for further information.
• ABF The Soldiers’ Charity - the Army’s national charity since 1944 - supports thousands of soldiers, former soldiers and their families each year. The charity makes financial grants to individuals in times of need and to specialist charities supporting the wider Army family. The need for support continues to grow.
Go to www.soldierscharity.org for further information.
J.K. Rowling PR:
Mark Hutchinson – 07904 359339
Nicky Stonehill – 07740 681560
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity:
Ed Lloyd Owen, PR Manager – 07790 021367/020 7811 3206
Kate Billingham Wilson, Head of Partnerships – 07800 992972/020 78113205