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JK Rowling book fans flock to Barrow in online challenge

Published on: Tuesday 10th May 2016
Categorised under: Play , Barrow, Entertainment

An online treasure hunt sent avid readers to Barrow to track down a book signed by Robert Galbraith – the pen name of Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

A series of anagrams posted online gave clues to secret locations where fans could find signed copies of Robert Galbraith's novel Career of Evil.

The town is featured throughout the book with mentions for Choose Cumbria partner BAE Systems, Barrow Raiders stadium Craven Park and Barrow Grammar School for Boys.

Ulverston is also given a namecheck as the “birthplace of Stan Laurel”.

The anagram was solved by Emily Strong from Manchester, who picked up her signed copy from the Waterstones store in Portland Walk.

JK Rowling was spotted in Barrow by eagle-eyed fans in October last year as she researched the town while writing Career of Evil as part of the Cormoran Strike detective series.

The series is set to be adapted by the BBC, which could see filming taking place on location in Barrow.

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