J K Rowling

Born: 31st July 1965
J K Rowling

J K Rowling is best known for the Harry Potter series for children, a phenomenon of modern literature and now of film. She famously wrote the first Harry Potter book moving from cafe to cafe in Edinburgh, as a struggling single mother.

Although known for her children’s writing, Rowling also writes crime fiction under the pen name Robert Galbraith. The pseudonym was initially an attempt to write anonymously, but the discovery that Rowling and Galbraith had the same editor and agent, followed by a linguistic analysis of their books, exposed Rowling as the author of both.

Several sites around Edinburgh are linked to Rowling, including Greyfriars graveyard, The Elephant House Cafe, the Balmoral Hotel, and George Heriot School.