I would like to read JK Rowling’s latest novel The Casual Vacancy, which goes on sale on 27th September 2012 and is already set to be a bestseller with many shops already reporting big pre-order demands. The novel is set in a town called Pagford which is, seemingly, an English idyll, full of the hanging baskets, the war memorial, the scrubbed cottages, cobbled market square and an ancient abbey.
However behind its tourist-friendly façade all is not as rosy as it seems and Pagford turns out to be a hot-bed of seething antagonism, passion, duplicity, rampant snobbery, sexual frustration and ill-disguised racism, all of which become apparent after the mysterious death of a Parish Councillor named Barry Fairbrother a man of “boundless generosity of spirit” whose death in his early 40s leaves a space on the parish council,
This soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen as the forces of darkness, led by scheming Howard Mollison, the obese delicatessen owner, seize their chance to get on the Parish Council in order to push through their plans regarding a nearby run-down housing estate named “The Fields”, and reassign it to the district council of the nearby city, Yarvil, thereby off-loading responsibility for its drug-addled inhabitants, and driving them out of the catchment area for Pagford’s nice primary school.
The 512-page Novel, is described as a blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising’ comic tragedy, and the protagonist is a young woman with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder who lives in “The Fields” , and gets mixed up with prostitution and heroin addiction, whose character was inspired and shaped by J.K Rowling’s own teenage battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anxiety and depression.
There also seems to be a bit of a fuss being made over on Amazon, regarding the fact that the Kindle Edition costs more than the Hardback, which at the moment seems to be overshadowing the book itself.