The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

The Casual Vacancy

By J.K. Rowling

  • Release Date: 2012-09-27
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
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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.


  • The Cansual Vancany

    By farmyard tale stories
    When the Potter teams vs the vancany teams
  • Brilliant

    By Babbling Brooks Forever
    So so so clever. Brilliant book. Totally believable characters. Didn't want it to end. What a legend JK is.
  • A great read

    By *star girl no.1*
    I think that this is an interesting, captivating book that shows the authors skills as a writer, not the author of HP. Everyone complaining that it isn't Harry Potter is right- it isn't, because JK Rowling wrote it under a DIFFERENT name, to see if any other books she wrote would sell WITHOUT her popularity- she didn't do it to get money, she did it to prove to herself that she could write well in different styles. She was only found out when a journalist accidently let slip that it was her. A great book, recommend it to anyone who wants a good read without too many plot twists, and vibrant characters.
  • Not what I expected!

    By jasminetees
    I had to read for my degree in social work, and although the stories are great and the ending really hit home. It was too jumpy and I couldn't keep up with who was who and I found myself re-reading certain pages to come to grips with the characters. Still a good read though!
  • A really good read

    By alisonmargaretann
    Very well written - I love good grammar. Insightful and sympathetic. Every character flawed - just as everyone in real life is.
  • The Casual Vacancy

    By Lace 56
    Great *****
  • What a disappointment!

    By Flashfolly
    Reading this has been like wading through treacle ... Such a disappointment. I've not read any of the Harry Potter stuff, but I was looking forward to this as a holiday read on my iPad. I found it boring, uninspiring and surprisingly, not particularly well-written. A dull story, predictable characters, confusing style - why does it get all breathless ... Short, sharp chapters ... Towards the end? Sorry JK - you're a lovely woman, but I'm not impressed.
  • Detailed and real

    By Pollylong
    A lot of characters populate this novel, at first it seemed too many, then gradually Rowling clothes them in real and detailed lives which make reading about them compulsive. The unfairnesses and misapprehensions of life are sensitively crafted
  • The Casual Vacancy

    By John Brynley
    Once I'd read the first page of this book, I just could not put it down. It was fascinating the way J.K.Rowling managed highlight certain social issues within a plot that was exciting and drew the reader into it. I became very involved with the characters and the many social issues their personal stories highlighted.
  • Excellent characters!

    By Mum of four boys x
    There are a plethora of characters that each and everyone will recognise and love to hate. The detail exploring the minutiae of individuals day to day lives and personas makes for a fascinating insight into country life. A real page turner that invites the reader to explore their own motivations.