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The Casual Vacancy

By J.K. Rowling

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The first adult novel by J.K. Rowling

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils... Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.

Biographical Notes

J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 73 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films. She has also written two small volumes, which appear as the titles of Harry's schoolbooks within the novels. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages were published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. In December 2008, The Tales of Beedle the Bard was published in aid of the Children's High Level Group, and quickly became the fastest selling book of the year.

As well as an OBE for services to children's literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France's Legion d'Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and she has been a Commencement Speaker at Harvard University USA. She supports a wide number of charitable causes through her charitable trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.

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  • ISBN: 9781408704202
  • Publication date: 27 Sep 2012
  • Page count: 512
This is a wonderful novel. JK Rowling's skills as a storyteller are on a par with RL Stevenson, Conan Doyle and PD James. Here, they are combined with her ability to create memorable and moving characters to produce a state-of-England novel driven by tenderness and fury — Melvyn Bragg, The Observer
A needle-sharp and darkly comic expose of today's class-ridden society . . . A highly readable morality tale for our times — Emma Lee-Potter, Daily Express
The Casual Vacancy is a stunning, brilliant, outrageously gripping and entertaining evocation of British society today. [J.K. Rowling] has done a rather brave thing and pulled it off magnificently — Henry Sutton, The Mirror
One marvels at the skill with which Rowling weaves such vivid characters in and out of each other's lives — Christopher Brookmyre, The Daily Telegraph
Heartbreaking - turning the page seems unbearable, but not as much as putting down the book would be — Deepti Hajela, Associated Press
An exquisite and occasionally moving black comedy . . . The acid test - I suspect it would do well even if its author's name weren't J.K. Rowling — David Robinson, Scotsman
A big, ambitious, brilliant, profane, funny, deeply upsetting and magnificently eloquent novel of contemporary England . . . This is a deeply moving book by somebody who understands both human beings and novels very, very deeply — Lev Grossman, Time Magazine
Insightful, meaningful, daring and resolutely challenging to tabloid assumptions regarding the moral worth of individuals — Scotland on Sunday
The action bowls along compellingly, most of the characters are vividly drawn and there are some sharp - often very sharp - observations about their social pretensions . . . a bold and distinctive effort — The Sunday Telegraph
This is a novel of insight and skill, deftly drawn and, at the end, cleverly pulled together. It plays to her strengths as a storyteller — The Economist
The Casual Vacancy is a brilliant novel, entertaining, intelligent, moving, passionate and hard-hitting; touching on familiar subjects but approaching them with great originality and skill. Moreover, it's unputdownable . . . The novel is a triumph — Irish Times
Rowling is a great storyteller with a clear eye and a warm heart, and The Casual Vacancy is a moving and immensely pleasurable novel — Sunday Business Post Ireland
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The Casual Vacancy in Paperback

Little, Brown Book Group is delighted to announce that the paperback edition of The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling will be published worldwide in the English language on 18th July 2013, priced £7.99 in the UK. Ebook priced £4.99

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The Cover Release for The Casual Vacancy

Little, Brown Book Group releases the cover for The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, along with updated cover copy, details of the audio reader and confirmed page extent.

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The Casual Vacancy

Little, Brown Book Group announces that the new novel for adults by J.K. Rowling is entitled The Casual Vacancy. The book will be published worldwide in the English language in hardback, ebook, unabridged audio download and on CD on Thursday 27th September 2012.

The Casual Vacancy is announced

Little, Brown to publish J.K. Rowling's First Novel for Adults

Little, Brown Book Group announces that the new novel for adults by J.K. Rowling is entitled The Casual Vacancy. The book will be published worldwide in the English language in hardback, ebook, unabridged audio download and on CD on Thursday 27th September 2012.

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Reviews

The Casual Vacancy has received blanket review coverage all over the world. Here's what some critics have been saying about J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults.

by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling

Little, Brown Book Group confirm that Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, as reported in yesterday's Sunday Times. The book was published by Little, Brown's Sphere imprint on 18th April, 2013.

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 73 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films. She has also written two small volumes, which appear as the titles of Harry's schoolbooks within the novels. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages were published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. In December 2008, The Tales of Beedle the Bard was published in aid of the Children's High Level Group, and quickly became the fastest selling book of the year.

This is a wonderful novel. JK Rowling's skills as a storyteller are on a par with RL Stevenson, Conan Doyle and PD James.

The Casual Vacancy

Reviewed in The Guardian

The launch of 'The Casual Vacancy'

J.K. Rowling at the Southbank Centre

J.K. Rowling and Mark Dowling photographed at Southbank Centre for the launch of her first novel for adults, 'The Casual Vacancy'.

Author of 'The Casual Vacancy'

An interivew with J.K. Rowling

Best-selling author J.K. Rowling is interviewed about her first novel for adults, 'The Casual Vacancy'.

Sphere

The Cuckoo's Calling

Robert Galbraith

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger . . .A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London - from the hushed streets of Mayfair to the backstreet pubs of the East End to the bustle of Soho - The Cuckoo's Calling is a remarkable book. Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Sphere

The Silkworm

Robert Galbraith
Sphere

The Silkworm (two-chapter extract)

Robert Galbraith

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before . . .A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant Robin Ellacott.

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J.K. Rowling Events

J.K. Rowling will be appearing at the following public events to discuss her first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy.

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J.K. Rowling Interviews and Scottish events

J. K. Rowling will be headlining this year’s Lennoxlove Book Festival on the opening evening, Friday 2nd November at 8.30pm. It will be the only public event she will be doing in Scotland for The Casual Vacancy, her first novel for adults. Tickets for the event go on sale Thursday 13th September.

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J.K. Rowling Scottish event and interviews announced

J. K. Rowling will be headlining this year’s Lennoxlove Book Festival on the opening evening, Friday 2nd November at 8.30pm. It will be the only public event she will be doing in Scotland for The Casual Vacancy, her first novel for adults. Tickets for the event go on sale Thursday 13th September.

27 Sep
Watch it live online

J.K. Rowling Event

J.K. Rowling discusses her first novel for adults, THE CASUAL VACANCY, in Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre. Tickets for the event are sold out but watch J.K. Rowling live-streamed here at 7.30pm, 27th September: http://www.youtube.com/southbankcentre.

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