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JK Rowling turns down £2m space shuttle trip

JK Rowling launched her first novel for adults last Thursday. Credit: PA

JK Rowling has claimed that she created a cosmic vacancy when she turned down a trip on a spaceship.

The Harry Potter author, whose first novel for adults was published on Thursday, told fans she was given the chance to go into space.

"I was offered a seat. For a mere £2 million I could have been on the shuttle, but I turned it down," she said.

Rowling was speaking at an event for fans at London's Southbank Centre on the day The Casual Vacancy was published.