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Publisher Description

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little 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 façade 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 town's 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?

Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults.

Fiction & Literature
September 27
Little, Brown and Company
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Augustus_fame ,

Different but very much appreciated

I found this book compelling. It does start a little slowly and some of the swearing and sexual content seems a little gratuitous but it's an excellent foray into the realm of adult literature by JK Rowling. I grew up reading Harry Potter and loved those books dearly, but I'm actually thrilled that JK Rowling tried something completely different. People have been complaining about the characters, that none of them are likeable. That's the point. The characters are all terrible people, but Rowling made me love them anyways, they're real people. What I enjoyed about the book was that it was real. Rowling proves she can write a great novel with this effort and I applaud her for it.

Pink Poppy ,

A Casual Vacancy

This book introduces the reader to quaint, British, small town characters of diverse social class. A story formed by struggle and victory; it gives the reader an inside view of petty politics, mismatched love, and deep rooted anger.

EmersonVN ,


Amazing. What else did you expect?

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