Jennifer Byrne will interview J.K. Rowling!

Mark your diaries! Jennifer Byrne is the only Australian journalist to be granted access to J.K. Rowling to talk about the most hotly anticipated book of the year — her first book for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy. Rowling is only giving a handful of interviews worldwide. Don’t miss this fascinating discussion with one of the world’s most loved authors. J. K. Rowling: Life After Potter will air on ABC1 on Thursday, 27 September at 8pm – just three hours after The Casual Vacancy goes on sale in Australia and around the world.


The Casual Vacancy

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.

Click here to order The Casual Vacancy from Booktopia,
Australia’s No. 1 Online Book Shop

John Purcell: This is the book which is making the bookworld nervous. The publisher is printing truckloads of the thing. Booksellers are playing along. No one knows if the readers will come out to play. JK’s first book for adults… Will it be any good? Because of a strict embargo no one will know until the day of publication when bloggers worldwide will race each other to be first to post a review.

Personally, I think it will be good. I think people will be delighted. And as soon as readers hear that it is good, they will flood into stores. This may not be a pre-order dream but it will be the biggest non-bondage book of the year.

So be one of the cool kids. Get it before everyone else. Your faith will be rewarded.

J. K. Rowling reveals the cover her of new book, The Casual Vacancy. What do you think?

The Casual Vacancy 
512 pages

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.

Pre-order The Casual Vacancy now from Booktopia to ensure you get your copy

HUGE NEWS: J.K. Rowling’s new novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy (Pre-order now)

Author: J.K. Rowling © Wall to Wall Media Ltd. Photographer: Andrew Montgomery.

 

J.K. Rowling has just announced her new novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy.

It will be released on September 27, 2012.

Pre-order now

Publisher’s blurb:

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.

Seemingly an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, 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?

Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

Here’s what people are saying:

From the Guardian:

JK Rowling’s first novel aimed at adults will be a “blackly comic” tale of small town politics that at first glance couldn’t be further from the magical world of Hogwarts, her publisher has revealed. The subject matter raised eyebrows in the publishing industry; there had been speculation that Rowling might be entering the genre of hard-boiled Edinburgh crime fiction after discovering that her editor, David Shelley, counts Dennis Lehane, Val McDermid, Carl Hiaasen and Mark Billingham among his authors.

Neill Denny, editor of the Bookseller, said it was an “interesting move” from Rowling: “It’s not the niche people were steering her into,” he said. “This is clearly not a traditional crime novel, it sounds quirky, it sounds interesting – and ambitious. It’s a niche with little else in it, which perhaps only she can fill.” Read more…

From the New York Daily:

Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books have sold more than 450 million copies worldwide, and she has never published anything unrelated to the boy wizard: Her last work, 2008′s The Tales of Beedle the Bard, was a collection of stories based on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The Casual Vacancy will run to about 480 pages and will be available in both print and e-book format. Read more…

Click here to pre- order The Casual Vacancy from Booktopia,
Australia’s No. 1 Online Book Shop

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