The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy

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Overview: The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy is a popular novel penned by J.K Rowling. The story reveals the weakness and frailty of humans in a community that is divided by political issues and social issues. It is the first adult fiction book authored by J.K Rowling that gives readers a peek to the ugliness of human nature. The Casual Vacancy was published by Little Brown Book Group on September 2012. It is a good choice for readers who prefer dark tales narrated in an interesting style.

J.K Rowling is a famous British author known for writing many children's fiction books. The author is best known for the Harry Potter series, which remained in the best seller booklist for months. Some of the famous J.K Rowling books are Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Quidditch Through the Ages and many more. Rowling is considered to be a great story teller. Her insight and skill helps to shape stories that are worth reading. Readers can find all J.K Rowling books in more than one online bookstore listed on Junglee.

The Casual Vacancy tells the story of the inhabitants of Pagford, a small British town. When Barry Fairbrother, the councillor of the town, dies unexpectedly, the inhabitants are left in a state of shock. Pagford is a beautiful English hamlet with an ancient abbey and a cobbled market square. However, behind this beautiful façade, the town is at war. The wives are at war with their husbands, the rich with the poor, and the students with their teachers. The empty seat of councillor left by Barry soon serves as a catalyst for the biggest war that the town has yet to see. Who will win the elections that is corrupted with duplicity, hypocrisy, passion and unexpected revelations?

The Casual Vacancy by J.K Rowling is a thought provoking novel for adults. It is a black comedy that is cleverly written. The book is available in hardcover binding. It has a total page count of 512. The book has an ISBN number of 140870420X and ISBN 13 number of 9781408704202.

Features: The Casual Vacancy

  • J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books
Product Details
Language English
Publication Date September 27, 2012
Publisher Little, Brown
Contributor(s) J.K. Rowling
Binding Hardcover
Page Count 512
ISBN 10 140870420X
ISBN 13 9781408704202
Dimensions and Weight
Product Dimensions 16.1 cm x 4.3 cm x 23.5 cm

Editorial Reviews


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

A needle-sharp and darkly comic expose of today's class-ridden society . . . A highly readable morality tale for our times

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

One marvels at the skill with which Rowling weaves such vivid characters in and out of each other's lives

Heartbreaking - turning the page seems unbearable, but not as much as putting down the book would be

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

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

Insightful, meaningful, daring and resolutely challenging to tabloid assumptions regarding the moral worth of individuals

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

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 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

Rowling is a great storyteller with a clear eye and a warm heart, and The Casual Vacancy is a moving and immensely pleasurable novel

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

About the Author

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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