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

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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.

The first adult novel by J.K. RowlingThis 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 furyA needle-sharp and darkly comic expose of today's class-ridden society . . . A highly readable morality tale for our timesThe 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 magnificentlyOne marvels at the skill with which Rowling weaves such vivid characters in and out of each other's livesHeartbreaking - turning the page seems unbearable, but not as much as putting down the book would beAn 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. RowlingA 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 deeplyInsightful, meaningful, daring and resolutely challenging to tabloid assumptions regarding the moral worth of individualsThe 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 effortThis is a novel of insight and skill, deftly drawn and, at the end, cleverly pulled together. It plays to her strengths as a storytellerThe 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 triumphRowling is a great storyteller with a clear eye and a warm heart, and The Casual Vacancy is a moving and immensely pleasurable novelWrestles honourably and intelligently with big moral and political questions . . . a study of provincial life, with a large cast and multiple, interlocking plots, drawing inspiration from such writers as Trollope, Gaskell and, perhaps most of all, George Elliot . . . [the plot] is big, engrossing, and runs like clockworkRowling weaves a web of connections that resonate long after the book endsThis is a book with a social conscience . . . Much lurks behind Pagford's idyllic facadeRowling once again shows her skill at laying bare the best and (more often) worst of human natureA perfect holiday readJK's first grown-up novel is an eminently-readable tale of small minds in small-town England

Product Details

Title: TheCasual Vacancy
Author: J.K. Rowling
SKU: BK0165410
EAN: 9780751552867
Language: English
Binding: Paperback

About Author

J.K. Rowling is the author of the enduringly popular, era-defining Harry Potter seven-book series, as well as several stand-alone novels for adults and children, and the acclaimed Strike crime fiction series written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Many of her books have been adapted for film and television, and she has collaborated on a play continuing Harry's story on stage, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and a new series of films inspired by her series companion volume Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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