Fans of Harry Potter and Corben Strike can enjoy hearing J.K. Rowling on Ken Bruce’s ‘Tracks of My Years’ this week on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds.
J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and now writing as Robert Galbraith, is choosing the Tracks of My Years all week with Ken. Under her Robert Galbraith pseudonym, J.K. has written five books in the series about the private detective Cormoran Strike. The first of these, ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’, was published to critical acclaim in 2013, at first without its author’s true identity being known. ‘The Silkworm’ followed in 2014, ‘Career of Evil’ in 2015 and ‘Lethal White’ in 2018. The fifth book ‘Troubled Blood’ came out earlier this month, and heavily references the songs of Canadian singer songwriter Joni Mitchell, in particular her most successful album ‘Court And Spark’, which was originally released in 1974. The first four books have been adapted for a major television series for the BBC, with the most recent, ‘Lethal White’, having just aired on BBC One .
The Harry Potter novels sold more than 500 million copies, becoming the best-selling book series in history and later became the basis of a popular film series much loved by both children and adults alike.
In 2012, J.K. published her first novel for adults, ‘The Casual Vacancy’ which has now been translated into 44 languages and was adapted for TV by the BBC in 2015. Music has always played a big part in J.K.’s life and during lockdown she’s discovered many more songs and musical pieces that resonate with her busy and much travelled life. The first two tracks she’s chosen come from Kate Bush and Emeli Sandé.
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