Robert Galbraith-Author Study

By Matea Tomic

Who is Robert Galbraith?

Robert Galbraith is the pen name of celebrated author J.K. Rowling. You may know her as the author of the Harry Potter book series. Under this pen name, she has written 3 crime novels called the Cormoran Strike series.

Author's Life

  • She was born Joanne Rowling on July 31, 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England,
  • As a young girl, Rowling wrote fantasy stories which she read to her little siter, Dianne.
  • When she was 13, her great-aunt gave her a copy of Jessica Mitford's autobiography, Hons and Rebels, Mitford became her heroine.
  • In 1988, Rowling wrote an essay about her time studying Classics called "What was the Name of that Nymph Again? or Greek and Roman Studies Recalled"; it was published by the University of Exeter's student journal Pegasus.
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Genre and Published Works

The Harry Potter Series and add-ons

  • Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone
  • Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and The Half-blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Tales of Beedle the Bard
  • Qudditch Throughout The Ages
  • Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (coauthored with Jack Thorne and John Tiffiany)

The Cormoran Stike Novels

  • The Cuckoo's Calling
  • The Silkworm
  • Career Evil

Standalone Books

  • The Casual Vacancy
  • Very Good Lives

Genre- Fantasy/Crime


  • Author of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award, British Book Awards, 1999 and 2008

  • Booksellers Association Author of the Year, 1998 and 1999

  • Order of the British Empire (OBE), 2001

  • WH Smith Fiction Award, 2004

  • Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, Spain, 2003

  • Blue Peter Gold Badge, 2007

  • Commencement speaker, Harvard University, USA, 2008

  • The Edinburgh Award, 2008

  • James Joyce Award, University College Dublin, 2008

  • South Bank Show Award for Outstanding Achievement, 2008

  • Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur: France, 2009

  • Hans Christian Andersen Award, Denmark, 2010

Interesting Facts

  • She has lived a true "Cinderella" story, Rowling went from living on welfare to multi-millionaire status in only 5 years
  • Her parents met on a train departing from Kings Cross Station in 1964. This train station would become the future location of Platform 9 and 3/4 in the Harry Potter novels
  • She always wanted be an author, at age 6 she wrote a book about her stuffed rabbit
  • She wrote her initial Harry Potter ideas on a napkin while on a train to London

Author's Times

  • Born in 1965
  • 1965- MLK and more than 2,600 other blacks arrested in Selma
  • 1965-Malcom X shot and killed in Harlem
  • 1968- MLK shot and killed in Memphis
  • 1969- First men on the Moon
  • 1981-Sandra Day O'Conner sworn in as first woman on the Supreme Court
  • 1990- Nelson Mandela freed after 27 years in prison
  • 1992- Yugoslavia breaks apart

Why I Chose This Author

"The buzz in the street was like the humming of flies. Photographers stood massed behind barriers patrolled by police, their long-snouted cameras poised, their breath rising like steam. Snow fell steadily on to hats and shoulders; gloved fingers wiped lenses clear. From time to time there came outbreaks pf desultory clicking, as the watchers filled the waiting time by snapping the white canvas tent in the middle of the road, the entrance to the tall red-brick apartment block behind it, and the balcony on the top floor from which the body had fallen." (pg 3, The Cuckoo's Calling'")

I have always loved J.K.Rowling and when I found out about her pen name, I knew I had to read the first book and was immediately hooked. I thought that this author study would be a good opportunity to tell others about the Cormoran Strike novels and get to read the other 2. I also really liked the way she always gets really detailed when it comes to scenery, it really paints a clear image in your mind.
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