The Casual Vacancy :: J.K. Rowling

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.

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?


J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of 7 books (Talewind carries Harry Potter, of course!) which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide. As well as an Order of the British Empire for services to children’s literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees. She supports a wide range of causes and is the found of Lumos, which works to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.

J.K. Rowling lives in Edinburgh with her husband and three children.

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