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The Casual Vacancy - Order Now For Your Chance to Win!* - J. K. Rowling

The Casual Vacancy - Order Now For Your Chance to Win!*

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Published: 18th July 2013
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Book Description

The first adult novel by J.K. Rowling, now in paperback.

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.

About the Author

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.

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Very disappointing

By doggie heaven

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Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult To Follow
    • Disappointing
    • Not What I Expected

    Best Uses

    • Would Not Bother

    Comments about The Casual Vacancy:

    Could not believe a writer who could capture the audience she did could write such a disappointing book.

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    4.0

    Interesting Characters

    By LynBt

    from Sydney

    About Me Everyday Reader

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    Pros

    • Engaging characters

    Cons

    • A Bit Slow

    Best Uses

    • Older Readers

    Comments about The Casual Vacancy:

    Slow to begin but then the characters come together. Really keeps you reading to find the outcome!

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    4.0

    NAILED IT

    By Tashi

    from Launceston Tasmania

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    Pros

    • Confronting
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

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      Best Uses

      • Travel Reading

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      No shipping charges and delivery on time is always good

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      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 Rowling is a great storyteller with a clear eye and a warm heart, and The Casual Vacancy is a moving and immensely pleasurable novel Sunday Business Post Ireland Wrestles honourably and intelligently with big moral and political questions ... a study of provincial life, with a large cast and multiple, interlocking plots, drawing inspiration from such writers as Trollope, Gaskell and, perhaps most of all, George Elliot ... [the plot] is big, engrossing, and runs like clockwork Guardian Rowling weaves a web of connections that resonate long after the book ends Daily Express This is a book with a social conscience ... Much lurks behind Pagford's idyllic facade The Times Rowling once again shows her skill at laying bare the best and (more often) worst of human nature Star Magazine A perfect holiday read Best Magazine JK's first grown-up novel is an eminently-readable tale of small minds in small-town England Bella

      ISBN: 9780751552867
      ISBN-10: 0751552860
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 576
      Published: 18th July 2013
      Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 12.8  x 3.9
      Weight (kg): 0.38