The Casual Vacancy

By J. K. Rowling | Hardback
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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. 

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FormatHardback 
Pages512 
Dimensions235mm x 161mm x 43mm
PublisherLittle, Brown Book Group 
Release Date27 Sep 2012 
ISBN-139781408704202 

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4 Oct 2012, 12:04pm | Review by Kerre Woodham
I don’t know how any book could possibly live up to the hype generated by J.K. Rowling’s first attempt at an adult novel so when my highly prized review copy arrived, I opened the cover without any expectations. And from page one, I found myself enthralled. The plot is relatively straight forward: when Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly, he leaves a vacant seat on the council. The village of Pagford is divided into two factions - those who are determined to keep Pagford a postcard perfect English village and do away with the council estate and the drug rehab centre, and those who are convinced Pagford is a town for everyone - the poor, the unemployed and the unlovely. It’s Rowling’s characters who make this novel. As with the hugely successful Harry Potter series, there are goodies and baddies, although none of them are what they seem. Her teenage characters are spot on too. It’s a gritty, thought-provoking read and one I couldn’t put down ‘til I’d finished it.
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The Casual Vacancy

10 Mar 2013, 9:32am | Review by Melissa Reynolds
My children have read and re read Rowlings other books until they are in tatters and need replacing. Although this book has been written for adults, I can't wait to read it
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The Casual Vacancy

15 Dec 2012, 10:43pm | Review by Robyn Smith
Having never read the Harry Potter series, I didn't know what to expect from this book. My neighbour lent it to me, saying that you really needed to understand English village life to get to grips with it.
I've read other books about English villages, but none like this! Most of the characters are horrible, some more than others, but virtually none are likeable, with the possible exceptions of Kate, the social worker and her teenage client. Yet I found myself wanting to read on to find out if the particularly nasty ones got their comeuppance.
Rowling paints a rather bleak picture of relationships in this book, positing that anybody trying to care for people in a positive way is bound for disaster and tragedy. Her portrayal of Simon and his violence is uncomfortably reminiscent of some NZ literature and movies.
All in all a good read; I look forward to her next one.
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The Casual Vacancy

14 Dec 2012, 6:38pm | Review by Shani Kowalczyk
Im not a big novel reader, but having loved the Happy Potter ones, I am wanting to give this one a go. Thanks for the review, it has cemented my idea to buy it for Christmas :-)
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Kerre's top 5

14 Dec 2012, 5:45pm | Review by Maryn Cameron
Regarding Kerre's reviews - I want to read them all now!!! So I have forwarded the email to my childeren and said "Any of them will do for Christmas!!!"
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