Tuesday, 3 July 2012

J. K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy Gets a Cover

The first adult fiction book by Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling finally has a cover, as revealed on the Little, Brown website today. The cover was designed by Mario J. Pulice with illustration and hand lettering by Joel Holland.

What do you think of it? Are you excited to read the book?


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 will be published worldwide in the English language on 27th September 2012 in hardback (£20.00), ebook (£11.99), unabridged audio download (£20.00) and on CD (£30.00). It is available to pre-order now...

Source: Little, Brown

1 comment:

  1. The book draws on a mediocre base story riddled with excruciating details on a lot of things , yet was not very effective to get the characters to strike a chord with the reader. One can see that the children's book writer still carries the writing style of the harry potter series into this book, which at many points feels superfluous.. because the details are not really helping in building the characters better or contributing much to the essence of the story.
    My feeling is that, this book attempted to be a little dark and focus on grey characters and wanted to oscillate readers on identifying with different shades of their grey, but then it doesn't really have the element to captivate the reader and fails to get the intended effect going. Post reading half the book, anyone who watches movies and soaps can predict where the story is going and the book loses it's novelty.