Guernsey Press

A chance for Sark to shine?

THE news that Sark is to feature in JK Rowling’s next book could represent an exciting opportunity for the Bailiwick.


Few authors have as large a fanbase as the famous Harry Potter author, albeit she has also garnered plenty of detractors in recent years.

Her Cormoran Strike series, written under the pen name Robert Galbraith, has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and been adapted into a successful BBC TV series.

While we don’t yet know quite how prominently Sark will feature in The Hallmarked Man, the little island is already benefitting from the attention, with Sark Silver having received enquiries from as far away as America after the author revealed she had bought a bracelet from there.

So imagine the potential tourism boost that could come this way following the book’s publication, especially if the TV series manages to show Sark in all its glory.

In recent years, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society book and film succeeded in drawing a few extra visitors to our shores, although it was disappointing that the latter was not actually filmed in the island.

There was then much excitement that a planned film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Toilers of the Sea would be shot here, but a lack of support from the States has forced the filmmakers to look elsewhere for locations and funding.

Is it too much to hope that we don’t let yet another potential opportunity slip through our fingers?