Sans magic, J.K. Rowling leads two bestseller lists


J.K. Rowling still has that old magic. As she did back in the “Harry Potter” days, the British writer will appear atop two of The Washington Post’s bestseller lists today.

“The Casual Vacancy,” her first novel for adults, which published in September 2012, is No. 1 on the paperback fiction list.

“The Cuckoo’s Calling,” her first crime novel, originally published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is No. 1 on the hardback fiction list.

“The Cuckoo’s Calling” attracted little attention when it appeared in April as the work of an unknown, first-time novelist. But when word of Rowling’s authorship was leaked to the media in mid-July, demand for the book spiked.


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