Sep 27, 2012

Booksellers sceptical about JK and the Chamber of Secrets

Only one Australian reviewer has read JK Rowling’s first book for adults, which goes on sale at 5pm today. The secrecy around The Casual Vacancy is a Harry Potter-like mystery.

Amber Jamieson — Freelance journalist in New York

Amber Jamieson

Freelance journalist in New York

Jennifer Byrne, whose exclusive chat with JK Rowling screens on ABC1 tonight, is the only reviewer in Australia to have read her new novel The Casual Vacancy ahead of its worldwide release this afternoon.

No copy was allowed to be sent to Australia. Byrne had to fly to London and sit in the offices of Little Brown, Rowling’s publisher, every day to read the book. She was banned from even taking the book back to her hotel to read.

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8 thoughts on “Booksellers sceptical about JK and the Chamber of Secrets

  1. AR

    HP wasn’t to my taste but, like the execrable “Da Vinci Crapola’ at least it got non readers to struggle with books, those ancient, solar powered, random access, data storage units.
    For that, well done JK and I hope that the new one is equally successful. Better than unlord perjurer Archer and the rest of the huge selling mcbook scribblers.
    I just hope that it’s not a huge disappointment like Sue “Adrian Mole” Townsend’s “Rebuilding Coventry”.

  2. John Bennetts

    Is some part of the reason for the VERY late delivery of Crikey this evening, as against 1:30pm AEST, the content of this bit of cr_p?

    I couldn’t give a hoot about JKR or her excreta/novels. I do care about Australia’s dwindling retail book market. And I want my Crikey as and when it is due, without opaque apologies for non-performance.

  3. izatso?

    Totally with you, yet again, AR, respect. Bennets! Hold your breath for that entitlement cr-p. Ensure close family are on hand to clear the pathetic mess, not some overworked Paramedic. Hein ?

  4. Jim Hart

    Ambiguity in choice of industry: arts/advertising/media vs arts/entertainment. (That’s from memory as I can’t see the list now.)

  5. Jim Hart

    Ignore previous comment – meant to be somewhere else.

  6. Amber Jamieson

    @John Bennetts Just to clarify, this story was in no way responsible for the late delivery. I wish I had that sort of power.

    However, I do think this article covers Australia’s dwindling retail book market. That’s one of the its key themes.

  7. Andybob

    I hope it’s good and that people enjoy it. As authors become more popular and successful however the editing gets worse. The power balance as to who knows what sells books shifts in favourite of the author. That doesn’t always result in the best read.

  8. Mike Smith

    Read the preview chapters on Kindle, but will not be buying. For similar reasons as I dislike “Tales of Thomas Covenant”

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