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Life according to JK Rowling

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JK Rowling is back in the news this week after announcing the publication of her second crime novel ( The Silkworm, published under her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith), set to hit shelves in June. One of the world's most endearing authors found global fame and fortune by creating Harry Potter; a series she began when she was scrapping together pennies as a single mother living in Edinburgh. From the magical power of books to the importance of failure, she has plenty of life advice to dispense. We've rounded up a few of JK Rowling's words of wisdom, below:

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  • Life according to JK Rowling

    "Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out."

  • Life according to JK Rowling

    "It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default."

  • Life according to JK Rowling

    "I think you're working and learning until you die. I can with my hand on my heart say I will never write for any reason other than I burningly wanted to write the book."

  • Life according to JK Rowling

    "I don't believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."

  • Life according to JK Rowling

    "Money is not something that interests me, and there have been lots of opportunities to do things that make more money, and I've said no."

  • Life according to JK Rowling

    "I think it's a curious thing being me, because it was all an accident and then, when you become very successful, people assume there was a game plan."

  • Life according to JK Rowling

    "The middle class is so funny, it's the class I know best, and it's the class where you find the most pretension, so that's what makes the middle classes so funny."

  • Life according to JK Rowling

    (on the Edinburgh flat where she began writing the Harry Potter series) "I feel I really became myself here. Everything was stripped away. I’d made such a mess of things. I just thought I want to write so I wrote the book."

  • Life according to JK Rowling

    "I imagined being a famous writer would be like being Jane Austen, able to sit at home in the parsonage and your books would be very famous."

  • Life according to JK Rowling

    (On her celebrity status) "I never wanted it and I never expected it and I certainly never worked for it. I see it as something I have to get through really."

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