Simon Mayo to interview J K Rowling on 'Galbraith'

Simon Mayo to interview J K Rowling on 'Galbraith'

J K Rowling will be giving her first radio interview about writing as Robert Galbraith live on BBC2's "Simon Mayo’s Drivetime Show" on Monday 2nd November (5-7pm).

Rowling will be talking about her latest book Career of Evil (Sphere), the third installment of the Cormoran Strike crime fiction series, published today (October 20th). The first two books in the series, The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm were published in 2013 and 2014.

As well as discussing Career of Evil – the Radio 2 Book Club choice – and her inspiration for the novel, Rowling will discuss why she chose to write crime fiction and under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, and about the story of how his true identity was broken. Mayo will also read out reviews to the author from Radio 2 listeners who have applied to be Book Club reviewers. 

Mayo, who first interviewed Rowling in 2000, said: “I’m really looking forward to talking to Jo again and discussing the Robert Galbraith crime novels. Since the last time I interviewed her, she seems to have done pretty well!” 

The Radio 2 Book Club is the largest book club in the UK, with Mayo’s "Drivetime Show" having a weekly audience of close to six million, and BBC Radio 2 having a weekly audience of 15.01m. 

Lewis Carnie, head of programmes at BBC Radio 2, said: “I am delighted J K Rowling will be giving Radio 2 her first UK radio interview as Robert Galbraith. The Radio 2 Book Club has become the most listened to book club, and to have one of the most critically acclaimed authors of our time as a guest on the show is going to be a real treat for our listeners.”

Waterstones said its pre-order sales for Career of Evil, described as Rowling's darkest novel yet, are up against those for the previous book in the series, The Silkworm, as the result of a signed-copies promotion run by the store.

Total sales for The Silkworm surpassed half a million copies in the UK, including e-books and audio downloads, with The Cuckoo’s Calling reaching over one million, said the publisher. Nielsen BookScan's UK print figures for The Cuckoo’s Calling stand at 386,086 copies, and for The Silkworm, 208,304.