This post is part of the Twelve Days of Oxmas series which will run from the 1st to the 21st of December 2016. The series showcases some of the many Oxfam Unwrapped gifts, fair-trade products and books we have to offer in store and online. 

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On the sixth day of Oxmas my true love sent to me

Six copies of The Silkworm

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After #1 international bestseller The Cuckoo’s Calling, Robert Galbraith’s private detective Cormoran Strike returns in The Silkworm.

But who is this Robert Galbraith that you never heard about? Well let’s not pretend we don’t know, as his identity was revealed three years ago, shortly after The Cuckoo’s Calling came out: the mysterious novelist is none other than J.K. Rowling.


After writing about teenage witches and wizards and troubled teenagers  (The Casual Vacancy), the much praised novelist produced “what feels like a traditional British crime novel albeit set in the present day, complete with eccentric suspects, a girl Friday (Oh, when will they see that they are meant for each other?) and a close friend in the police department whose life Strike saved in the war. But Rowling gives some of the old saws a new spin…” (Harlan Coben, New York Times, 23/06/14)

If you are intrigued about how well this century’s most famous children’s author can write crime, just come into our store and get your hands on a copy of The Silkworm!

We will leave you with another quote from Harlan Coben’s review:

If we can’t forget that she is a celebrity, we’re also constantly reminded that she is a master storyteller. Push aside J. K. Rowling (a gender-neutral pseudonym Joanne Rowling took so that boys would read Harry Potter) and judge the book on the merits of Robert Galbraith (a full-fledged male pseudonym with no such neutrality), and The Silkworm is still a suspenseful, well-written and assured British detective novel.


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…Five golden Piles of Poo!
Four Chalet School books,
Three pots of Swazi preserves,
Two Red Phone Box Books,
And a Winter Warming Kit for the refugees.

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