JK Rowling's crime debut reprinted
JK Rowling's publishers have reprinted 140,000 copies of her crime debut to meet demand after it emerged she had secretly written the novel under a false name.
The Harry Potter author was outed as the writer of The Cuckoo's Calling at the weekend, having published the book as Robert Galbraith.
But since it was revealed she was behind the book sales have rocketed, bookshops have sold out and the hardback has gone to the top of the Amazon bestseller chart.
Despite the book being written under a different name, the novel - about a war veteran turned private investigator called Cormoran Strike - was praised by reviewers, although it had shifted just 1,500 copies since it came out in April.
She was rumbled after The Sunday Times looked into how a first-time novelist could produce such an assured debut work.
After being exposed she said: "I hoped to keep this secret a little longer, because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience.
"It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback from publishers and readers under a different name."
The book was published by Sphere, part of Little, Brown, which published her last novel, The Casual Vacancy. Rowling has now indicated she will write further books in the series.
"To those who have asked for a sequel, Robert fully intends to keep writing the series, although he will probably continue to turn down personal appearances," she said.
A spokesman for Waterstones said: "Ever since the news broke we've had countless people coming in asking for a copy: the few we had left of the original release flew off the shelves. We expect copies to begin arriving in Waterstones tomorrow."