The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

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The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

The Casual Vacancy
by J. K. Rowling

Genre: Contemporary Adult Fiction
Length: 512 pages
Audiobook Length: 17 hours and 51 minutes
First Published: 2013

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Publisher’s Description

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 façade 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.


Quotes from The Casual Vacancy

“He gave everything to everybody. Except to me.”

“Choice was dangerous: you had to forgo all other possibilities when you chose.”

“Was it love when somebody filled a space in your life that yawned inside you, once they had gone?”

“You’re not supposed to dislike your own child. You were supposed to like them no matter what, even if they were not what you wanted.”


About J. K. Rowling

Joanne Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter Series and The Casual Vacancy. Additionally, she has published the Comoran Strike detective series under the pen name Robert Galbraith. She currently lives in Edinburgh with her family. Visit the author’s website →


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