On 27th September 2012 at 8AM, The Casual Vacancy was released. It’s the first adult novel that Harry Potter author J.K.Rowling has written, and it’s the first novel that she has penned and published since the last Harry Potter, not including the spin off book The Tales Of Beedle The Bard.
The Casual Vacancy was a hyped up book release, which caused other books that were due to be published this month to be pushed back to next month, after fear of being crushed or ignored by Rowling’s new book.
Small snippets of information was released bit by bit, just as it was done with the Harry Potter books. For those people who follow J.K.Rowling on Twitter, she made it no secret that she was writing a new book, as she often said that “pen and paper is my priority right now”.
Later on, her publisher, Little,Brown and Co announced that she was indeed publishing a new title, entitled The Casual Vacancy. For those people who don’t know what a casual vacancy is, it’s the name given to a space on a parish council when a person dies and needs to be filled, hence the plot of the book.
Described to be a “big novel about a small town” , the book is ultimately about how different people’s live are led in the small village of Pagford and the estate next door, nicknamed the Fields, and how people’s live are affected by Barry Fairbrother, the character who dies within the first three pages bringing on the events of the novel, which is at a large page number of 512.
The blurb on the inside cover reads “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 facades 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 at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the Parish Council 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?”
However, some people have said that it has parts in that aren’t appropriate for the nine and ten years old who have read the Harry Potter, but after all, what’s the shock? It clearly says an adult book, so not a book for ten year olds. Plus, its not a fantasy book with wizards, wands and spells, complete with potions and a giant castle, but instead is a book that is set in the real world, and with a wider use of language, showing off just how sophisticated J.K.Rowling can write, and she probably enjoyed it too, after years of being glued to writing children’s book.
And she enjoyed it, surely her readers will enjoy it. Have you bought it? Have you read it yet? What did you think? Leave a comment and let us know!