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The casual vacancy

The casual vacancy

Rowling, J. K

When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. The empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has ever seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

Hardback, Book. English. General.
Published London: Little, Brown, 2012
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Statement of responsibility: J.K. Rowling
ISBN: 1405519223, 140870420X, 9781405519229, 9781408704202
Physical Description: 503 p. ; 24 cm.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 7.2
Interest Level: UY
Points: 28
Quiz Number: 223371

Author note

J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 73 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films. She has also written two small volumes, which appear as the titles of Harry's schoolbooks within the novels. Fantastic Beasts

and

Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages were published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. In December 2008, The Tales of Beedle the Bard was published in aid of the Children's High Level Group, and quickly became the fastest selling book of the year.

As well as an OBE for services to children's literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France's Legion d'Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and she has been a Commencement Speaker at Harvard University USA. She supports a wide number of charitable causes through her charitable trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.

Reviews

This is a wonderful novel. JK Rowling's skills as a storyteller are on a par with RL Stevenson, Conan Doyle and PD James. Here, they are combined with her ability to create memorable and moving characters to produce a state-of-England novel driven by tenderness and fury
Melvyn Bragg, The Observer||A needle-sharp and darkly comic expose of today's class-ridden society . . . A highly readable morality tale for our times
Emma Lee-Potter, Daily Express||The Casual Vacancy is a stunning, brilliant, outrageously gripping and entertaining evocation of British society today. [J.K. Rowling] has done a rather brave thing and pulled it off magnificently
Henry Sutton, The Mirror||One marvels at the skill with which Rowling weaves such vivid characters in and out of each other's lives
Christopher Brookmyre, The Daily Telegraph||Heartbreaking - turning the page seems unbearable, but not as much as putting down the book would be
Deepti Hajela, Associated Press||An exquisite and occasionally moving black comedy . . . The acid test - I suspect it would do well even if its author's name weren't J.K. Rowling
David Robinson, Scotsman||A big, ambitious, brilliant, profane, funny, deeply upsetting and magnificently eloquent novel of contemporary England . . . This is a deeply moving book by somebody who understands both human beings and novels very, very deeply
Lev Grossman, Time Magazine||Insightful, meaningful, daring and resolutely challenging to tabloid assumptions regarding the moral worth of individuals
Scotland on Sunday||The action bowls along compellingly, most of the characters are vividly drawn and there are some sharp - often very sharp - observations about their social pretensions . . . a bold and distinctive effort
The Sunday Telegraph||This is a novel of insight and skill, deftly drawn and, at the end, cleverly pulled together. It plays to her strengths as a storyteller
The Economist||The Casual Vacancy is a brilliant novel, entertaining, intelligent, moving, passionate and hard-hitting; touching on familiar subjects but approaching them with great originality and skill. Moreover, it's unputdownable . . . The novel is a triumph
Irish Times||The Casual Vacancy is a moving and immensely pleasurable novel
Sunday Business Post Ireland