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casual vacancy

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.

the casual vacancy hardcover

Also available in Hardcover, Large print hardcover, E-book, and from Hachette Audio.

View J.K. Rowling’s only U.S. appearance, an interview with Ann Patchett at Lincoln Center’s Koch Theater.

The Casual Vacancy
512 pages

ISBN 978-0-316-22858-9 Trade Paperback ($18.00) - ISBN 978-0-316-22853-4 Hardcover ($35.00) - ISBN 978-0-316-22854-1 Large print hardcover ($39.00) - ISBN 978-0-316-22855-8 E-book ($14.99) - ISBN 978-1-619-69501-6 Audio downloadable ($29.98) - ISBN 978-1-619-69500-9 Audio CD ($44.98)

The audio edition of The Casual Vacancy is read by Tom Hollander, an experienced star of stage and screen.

jk rowlingJ.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, have been translated into 73 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films.
As well as an Order of the British Empire for services to children's literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France's Légion d'honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and she has been a commencement speaker at Harvard University. She supports a wide range of causes and is the founder of Lumos, which works to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.

Little, Brown and Company is a division of Hachette Book Group. Founded in 1837, Little, Brown has long been recognized as a publisher committed to publishing fiction of the highest quality and nonfiction of lasting significance.

Hachette Book Group (HBG) is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the second-largest publisher in the world. HBG publishes under the divisions of Little, Brown and Company, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Grand Central Publishing, Faith Words, Center Street, Orbit, and Hachette Digital.

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Michelle Aielli, michelle.aielli@hbgusa.com, 212-364-1223

For further information about J. K. Rowling, please visit her website: jkrowling.com.