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The Casual Vacancy

Format:  Hardcover,

503 pages

Publisher: Little Brown & Co

Publish Date: Sep 2012

ISBN-13: 9780316228534

ISBN-10: 0316228532

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A big novel about a small town...
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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Publisher: Little Brown & Co
Publish Date: Sep 2012
ISBN-13: 9780316228534
ISBN-10: 0316228532
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 503
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.85
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.3 x 9.5 x 1.5

About the author

Biography of Rowling, J. K.

J. K. (Joanne Kathleen). Rowling was born in Gloucestershire, U. K. on July 31, 1965. Rowling attended Tutshill Primary and then went on to Wyedean Comprehensive where she was made Head Girl in her final year. She received a degree in French from Exeter University. She later took some teaching classes at Moray House Teacher Training College and a teacher-training course in Manchester, England. This extensive education created a perfect foundation to spark the Harry Potter series that Rowling is renowned for.

After college, Rowling moved to London to work for Amnesty International, where she researched human rights abuses in Francophone Africa, and worked as a bilingual secretary. In 1992, Rowling quit office work to move to Portugal and teach English as a Second Language. There she met and married her husband, a Portuguese TV journalist. But the marriage dissolved soon after the birth of their daughter. It was after her stint teaching in Portugal that Rowling began to write the premise for Harry Potter.

She returned to Britain and settled in Edinburgh to be near her sister, and attempted to at least finish her book, before looking for another teaching job. Rowling was working as a French teacher when her book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in June of 1997 and was an overnight sensation. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone won the British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year, was short listed for the Guardian Fiction Award, and received a Commended citation in the Carnegie Medal awards.

She also received 8,000 pounds from the Scottish Arts Council, which contributed to the finishing touches on The Chamber of Secrets. Rowling continued on to win the Smarties Book Prize three years in a row, the only author ever to do so. At the Bologna Book Fair, Arthur Levine from Scholastic Books, bought the American rights to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for the unprecedented amount of $105, 000. 00. The book was re titled Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for it's American release, and proceeded to top the Best Seller's lists for children's and adult books.

The American edition won Best of the Year in the School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Parenting Magazine and the Cooperative Children's Book Center. It was also noted as an ALA Notable Children's Book as well as Number One on the Top Ten of ALA's Best Books for Young Adults. The Harry Potter Series consists of seven books, one for each year of the main character's attendance at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

All of the books in the series have been made into successful movies. She has also written Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Rowling's first novel for an adult audience, The Casual Vacancy, was published by Little Brown in September 2012.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Galaxy National Book Award, 2012 (United Kingdom)

Book description

A big novel about a small town...

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 faade 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.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 3.4 out of 5★ by 7reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5★ by A sub par novel by any author's standards The plot is so drab and the characters are so narcissitic that you just don't care what happens to them. 10/17/2012
Rated 5 out of 5★ by great story 11/09/2012
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Originally I checked this book out at the library. I had been on a waiting list for several months and wouldn't you know, it came right when I was in the middle of another book. So it sat on my dresser while I finished the other book. Finally I started reading The Casual Vacancy but had barely begun when the library wanted it back. I search everywhere for a book to buy but at $35.00 I was unwilling. I was about ready to order a used copy on Amazon.com when it occurred to me to try Walmart. I'm so glad that I did. It shipped direct to my house in 3 or 4 days for $1.97 shipping and total cost $20.20. That's less than a used book on other sites!!I will certainly use Walmart online again. It's an interesting story, not pretty. Rather a raw story with raw language and funny realism. I like it a lot and recommend it if you like a story off the beaten path. No one can use words like JK Rowling. 02/19/2013
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