JK Rowling

JK Rowling

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J.K. Rowling, OBE, FRSL is a novelist, screenwriter and author of the Harry Potter series which has sold over 450 million copies, are distributed in more than 200 territories and translated into 79 languages.  She has written four books since, including The Casual Vacancy, her first novel for adults and, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm and Career Of Evil.

Her 2008 Harvard commencement speech was published in 2015 as an illustrated book, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, and is sold in aid of her charity Lumos and university–wide financial aid at Harvard.

She is a Fellow of the RSL and was appointed OBE in 2000 for her services to literature.