New J.K. Rowling book a dark comedy for adults titled The Casual Vacancy

Novel from Edinburgh-based Harry Potter author out 27th Sept 2012

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New J.K. Rowling book a dark comedy for adults title The Casual Vacancy

J.K. Rowling

Publisher Little, Brown have announced that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling's novel for adults will be a dark comedy called The Casual Vacancy.

The Edinburgh-based author is best known for her series of seven Harry Potter novels, which sold 450 million copies worldwide but this will be her first novel for adults. The Casual Vacancy will be published in hardback, ebook and audiobook on 27 September this year.

The story has been revealed as a 'blackly comic' tale that follows the unexpected death of councillor Barry Fairweather. Set in the fictional English village of Pagford, the 'cobbled market square' is soon the centre of a battle between the villagers for his seat in the local council.

The announcement came as a surprise to those who predicted that Rowling would take on the tartan noir crime fiction genre when it was revealed that her next book would be aimed at adults.

Owing to Rowling's legion of fans, it has been suggested that the book will be a bestseller, but some critics have expressed doubt that the author will find literary success as a novelist for adults.

Sameer Rahim, wrote in The Telegraph on Friday of his fear that the attention Rowling's new novel will receive will be 'disproportionate to the quality of her work'. Indeed Rowling's 'brand' as he calls it, is heavily reliant on the success of the Harry Potter franchise, and some wonder if her move away from the wizarding world will prove to be a success.

In March, the Harry Potter books went on sale in digital form through Rowling's new web-store 'Pottermore', hitting the £1 million mark after just three days of being on sale. The eBooks generated countless news stories after it was revealed that they contained no encryption. This meant that those buying the books could move them between any digital device, Nook, Kindle or iPad, without the text becoming scrambled.


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