It was about two months ago when J.K. Rowling, author of the famous Harry Potter series, announced that she was writing a brand new novel directed at Adults and today she finally gives us some details on the new book, titled The Casual Vacancy.

Although not too much is known about the book yet, Little, Brown Book Group, the company who will publish Rowling’s new novel, has described it as “Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising”.  This is a vast change from Harry Potter and will be interesting to see what type of reception it receives when it comes out on September 27th of this year.

Little, Brown Book Group also gave a quick synopsis of the story,

“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?”


The change from Harry Potter to a more adult-oriented story shouldn’t come as too much of a shock to Rowling’s fans.  By the final book in the Harry Potter series, The Deathly Hollows, it had turned into a scary place, bringing a much more dark theme to the conclusion.  The writing in The Deathly Hollows had a very mature feel to it, showing Rowling’s power as a writer.

I will be keeping a close eye on this novel.  Harry Potter is one of my favorite series of all time, mostly due to the stylistic writing of J.K. Rowling.  It will be interesting to see how far she will go and exactly how “adult” it will end up being.  With the idea of civil unrest, who knows how the story will turn out.

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