JK Rowling announces first book for adults

The Harry Potter author joins a new publisher for a project shrouded in secrecy

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JK Rowling has confirmed a new deal to write her first novel aimed specifically at adults.

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The Harry Potter author, who is estimated to be worth over £500 million, will release her as yet untitled book through new publisher Little, Brown, ending an exclusive relationship with Bloomsbury Publishing.

The news is likely to be met with jubilation by booksellers still mourning the end of a franchise that has so far sold over 400 million copies globally. 

Rowling’s new publisher has released practically no information about the book – neither its subject, genre or publication date are known – with a further announcement to come later in the year.

Meanwhile, the author herself said only that the novel would be “very different” to her previous publications.

“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series,” she said.

“The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. 

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“I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.”