New JK Rowling book raises £4m for children's charity

The Harry Potter author's tome has sold more than 2.6 million copies in one week

More than £4m has been raised in just seven days for the Children's High Level Group, a charity for children in central and eastern Europe from the sale of a new book by Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

More than 2.6 million copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard have sold worldwide since the book was launched on 4 December, making it the best-selling book of the year. The book is a spin-off of fantasy tales referred to in the Harry Potter series.

The Children's High Level Group co-founded by Rowling, works with children in institutions in Moldova, the Czech Republic, Armenia, Georgia and Romania.

"I am absolutely delighted that so much money has been raised," said Rowling. "All royalties will be going to help children without families, many of them with disabilities, whose voices have been unheard for many years."

Richard Alderslade, chief executive of CHLG, thanked Rowling and said he hoped the book continued to sell well for Christmas

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