JK Rowling Unveils Her First Grown-up Book: ‘The Casual Vacancy’

JK Rowling (Ian West/PA Wire)

It’s been a long time coming, especially for Harry Potter fans who’ve grown up with her writing, bu JK Rowling has finally finished her first novel aimed at an adult audience, and it’s set to be released this fall.

The book will be called The Casual Vacancy, and depicts an idyllic English town which is pulling itself apart with seething discontent.

Her publishers, Little, Brown Book Group have announced that the book will be release worldwide (English language only at first) On September 27, and will be available in hardback, ebook, audio download and on CD.

Their synopsis of the plot is as follows:

“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?

“Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.”

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