The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy A BIG NOVEL ABOUT A SMALL TOWN 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 ancie

A BIG NOVEL ABOUT A SMALL TOWN 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 fa ade is a town at war.Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers atA BIG NOVEL ABOUT A SMALL TOWN 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 fa ade 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

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  1. See also Robert GalbraithAlthough she writes under the pen name J.K Rowling, pronounced like rolling, her name when her first Harry Potter book was published was simply Joanne Rowling Anticipating that the target audience of young boys might not want to read a book written by a woman, her publishers demanded that she use two initials, rather than her full name As she had no middle name, she chose K as the second initial of her pen name, from her paternal grandmother Kathleen Ada Bulgen Rowling She calls herself Jo and has said, No one ever called me Joanne when I was young, unless they were angry Following her marriage, she has sometimes used the name Joanne Murray when conducting personal business During the Leveson Inquiry she gave evidence under the name of Joanne Kathleen Rowling In a 2012 interview, Rowling noted that she no longer cared that people pronounced her name incorrectly.Rowling was born to Peter James Rowling, a Rolls Royce aircraft engineer, and Anne Rowling n e Volant , on 31 July 1965 in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, 10 miles 16 km northeast of Bristol Her mother Anne was half French and half Scottish Her parents first met on a train departing from King s Cross Station bound for Arbroath in 1964 They married on 14 March 1965 Her mother s maternal grandfather, Dugald Campbell, was born in Lamlash on the Isle of Arran Her mother s paternal grandfather, Louis Volant, was awarded the Croix de Guerre for exceptional bravery in defending the village of Courcelles le Comte during the First World War.Rowling s sister Dianne was born at their home when Rowling was 23 months old The family moved to the nearby village Winterbourne when Rowling was four She attended St Michael s Primary School, a school founded by abolitionist William Wilberforce and education reformer Hannah More Her headmaster at St Michael s, Alfred Dunn, has been suggested as the inspiration for the Harry Potter headmaster Albus Dumbledore.As a child, Rowling often wrote fantasy stories, which she would usually then read to her sister She recalls that I can still remember me telling her a story in which she fell down a rabbit hole and was fed strawberries by the rabbit family inside it Certainly the first story I ever wrote down when I was five or six was about a rabbit called Rabbit He got the measles and was visited by his friends, including a giant bee called Miss Bee At the age of nine, Rowling moved to Church Cottage in the Gloucestershire village of Tutshill, close to Chepstow, Wales When she was a young teenager, her great aunt, who Rowling said taught classics and approved of a thirst for knowledge, even of a questionable kind, gave her a very old copy of Jessica Mitford s autobiography, Hons and Rebels Mitford became Rowling s heroine, and Rowling subsequently read all of her books.Rowling has said of her teenage years, in an interview with The New Yorker, I wasn t particularly happy I think it s a dreadful time of life She had a difficult homelife her mother was ill and she had a difficult relationship with her father she is no longer on speaking terms with him She attended secondary school at Wyedean School and College, where her mother had worked as a technician in the science department Rowling said of her adolescence, Hermione a bookish, know it all Harry Potter character is loosely based on me She s a caricature of me when I was eleven, which I m not particularly proud of Steve Eddy, who taught Rowling English when she first arrived, remembers her as not exceptional but one of a group of girls who were bright, and quite good at English Sean Harris, her best friend in the Upper Sixth owned a turquoise Ford Anglia, which she says inspired the one in her books.

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  1. J.K.Rowling gave a whole generation of kids an amazing fantasy to dream about Then she wrote this book that has many of the same elements, only without the safe haven of magic Basically, this is a real world where a strange man showing up at your family s doorstep at night is less likely to be a magical school groundskeeper but likely your family s drug dealer who, by the way, may not be adverse to beating and raping you for good measure It s the world left for Dudley Dursley and friends after [...]

  2. How not to read The Casual Vacancy 1 DON T read it just because it s written by JK Rowling.2 DON T expect it to be like Harry Potter i.e, magic stuff Read the blurb, nimrod 3 DON T expect a murder mystery it isn t one.4 DON T read it if you are not comfortable with the fact that the woman who might have moulded your childhood, is writing about drugs, teen sex, prostitution, rape etc this book isn t for you.5 DON T compare this with her previous works, for the love of God When it was announced th [...]


  4. Not since Peyton Place has a writer so enthusiastically stripped the lace covers from small town life to show the maggots of greed, lust, snobbery, and ambition squirming beneath only Grace Metalious didn t have Jo Rowling s wicked sense of humor The village of Pagford may be British, but the human foibles there are universal Like the best social comedies, The Casual Vacancy features wit on top and outrage simmering below.

  5. The Casual Vacancy Mind Blowing There is a quote in J.K Rowling s newly released book, The Casual Vacancy, that sums up the tone of this novel perfectly The mistake ninety nine percent of humanity made, as far as Fats could see, was being ashamed of what they were, lying about it, trying to be somebody else Honesty was Fats currency, his weapon and defense It frightened people when you were honest it shocked them Other people, Fats had discovered, were mired in embarrassment and pretense, terrif [...]

  6. 28 Sept 12I have to start by saying, that if you re expecting a murder mystery novel a plot submerged in conspiracies and political maneuverings, you will be sorely disappointed If you re hoping to be transported to another magical adventure, you ll receive an even greater plummet back down to earth Look If you re going to read this just because it has JK Rowling s name splattered on there, I strongly advise you to sit back, take a look at your computer screen, and read that book description Doe [...]

  7. Listen, people I m not extremely excited for this book because it s not fantasy And I don t mean Harry Potter s continuation Please, as much as I loved HP, I don t need to read about his kids because I cannot get myself to give a damn The end is the end I can t see how she can continue that series.Rowling has said that this book is completely different from what HP had given us It s dark, dreary, a bit personal, and is solely for adults And even though I love, love, love HP, I didn t preorder th [...]

  8. Find of my controversial reviews at Scott Reads ItAfter rereading my review of The Casual Vacancy I realized it sounded sloppy and very unprofessional I decided to edit my entire review and start from scratch I had such high expectations for The Casual Vacancy and I was extremely letdown I ll admit that the only reason that I read this book is because I adore J.K Rowling and her Harry Potter series I was so excited to read a new J.K Rowling book that I didn t care that The Casual Vacancy was no [...]

  9. EDIT 2 I ll probably still give this a go out of curiosity And because I do love our Queen J.K.EDIT I am extremely disappointed in that cover cringe It screams no effort I was excited, but after reading the synopsis and seeing the cover, not so much Words can t express how excited I am about this book Oh, yeah and the Dark Lord approves too.

  10. 6.11 A casual vacancy is deemed to have occurred a when a local councillor fails to make his declaration of acceptance of office within the proper time or b when his notice of resignation is received or c on the day of his deathCharles Arnold BakerLocal Council Administration,Seventh EditionBarry Fairbrother, local councillor of Pagford lay dead on the ground in pool of his own vomit His death creates a situation called casual vacancy A lot of people of people are willing to fill Barry s vacant [...]

  11. Arabic English Review 2012 150 2012 Update 14 6 2013 19 2013 8 2012 10 2012 The English Review is my first review I ever write here Rowling Post The Boy who Lived The Man Who Had DiedFirst of all Please give it a try It s not fair that most of the One Star Ratings are just based on the first couple parts of the book which I admit a real exhausting read specially the first part which is over 170 pages but afterward it s really deep, emotional and interesting story.Secondly, The Casual Vacancy s r [...]

  12. Synopsis When Barry Fairbrother dies suddenly of aneurism in his early forties, leaving his family and a lot of unfinished issues behind, the town of Pagford is in shock He was a well known councilor and a coach of the local female rowing team He was also a man with a mission Who will fill his shoes Will his death benefit his allies or his enemies Surprisingly there are than one or two token candidates Pagford, seemingly an English sleepy town like many others, with a cobbled market square and [...]

  13. This book is utterly heartbreaking, but real, gritty, and slightly sickening I had no idea what this novel was going to be about when I bought it yesterday Being 17, I have grown up living and breathing Harry Potter It is correct to assume that this novel is an utter contrast to the Harry Potter series But I think it is a most naive error to try to compare the two works It goes to JK Rowlings credit that she can produce such varied pieces, and write them so well I love this novel I find that I a [...]

  14. A 81% Very GoodNotes Its eager vulgarity is akin to Disney actresses trying to shed good girl reputations by over correcting their next roles.

  15. Update 7 3 2012 Well I can t lie That is one seriously disappointing cover.A 2012 release date SO EXCITED.Enough said.

  16. The Casual Vacancy is Rowling deciding in her junior year of high school that she doesn t want to be the quiet good girl any, so she goes out and dyes her hair some shade of neon and starts dressing all in black and listening to screamo and leaves her debate club and choir friends for the poetic crowd She gets a few piercings and smokes about two cigarettes, and her parents are worried, but they don t need to be It s all experimental, part of her development as a person, her learning who she is [...]

  17. My desire to read this book stemmed purely from a love of J.K Rowling s previous work You Know What I knew to expect something different as it was stated categorically that her new book was for adults Once the book was out, I heard a number of bad reviews However I was not disappointed with this book I can understand the responses because of the theme and some of the scenes are gritty with some unpleasantness, very real life and honest In The Casual Vacancy, J.K Rowling has made a successful tra [...]

  18. I didn t have any giddy expectations for Rowling s first foray into the world of adult fiction, but will admit to being curious as to how she would approach it Now with 64 pages under my belt, my personal verdict is in Did not Finish.It s not a badly written book, but what little I read I found dull and pedestrian, which surprised me then anything given Rowling s richly imaginative mind In addition, the crude language seemed forced then natural, almost as if Rowling needed to drive home the po [...]

  19. First off, a confession, I was predisposed to not so much like this book I had read many positive reviews yes even so, positive or negative, they all shared a common theme That is to say lack of plot And I m here to tell you, it s all true, although it is not so much a lack as an absence This is character development at its finest and even Pagford the community, comes forward in that undertaking As much a character as say Howard, and despite our narrow view of Pagford s people, we walk away with [...]

  20. 4.5 I went into this book expecting to hate it, and I ll admit, it started off pretty slow However, as the story progressed, each character grew and , and I became emotionally attached to a couple of them, Krystal Weedon in particular This is one of those books that I know I ll fully enjoy the second time I read it, since now I know all the characters it ll be much easier to follow Overall, amazing book.I also get sad whenever I listen to Umbrella now, which I keep doing for some reason.

  21. Where I got the book my local library.It took me a while to decide to read this book I had really enjoyed the Harry Potter books but would not go so far as to call myself a fan of JK Rowling, and why would I be interested in her as an adult novel writer anyway I d seen a fair amount of negativity on reader loops people didn t like the swearing, the book was too different from Harry Potter, there were too many characters so the story was confusing, etc And then when this novel won the Choice awar [...]

  22. UPDATE APRIL 2014 A BBC HBO co production of this book will start filming this summer, and will air in 2015 most likely An interesting video talk by Rowling about this book 35 minutes.Rating 3 of fiveThe Publisher Says 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 fa ade is a town at war.Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with t [...]

  23. Gritty, realistic, layered portrait of a small town in crisis In the fallout of parish councillor Barry Fairbrother s death, the stories of a diverse cast of unhappy people are woven together some likeable, most not The upcoming election for Barry s empty council seat fuels a sea of pettiness, gossip, and self interest, and long simmering resentments come to a head Let me start off by mentioning, as everyone else has, that this is not Harry Potter Muggles only In addition to the conspicuous dear [...]

  24. I admit it I gave up I ve read 20% of this book, and I left it at that Here s why The reason we re all reading this book is because it says J.K Rowling on the cover Associations Spellbinding plots, humour, strange characters, action, excitement, magicI m reading it because it s written by J.K Rowling And because it s by her, I can t believe I gave up.I feel bad comparing it to Harry Potter, because it s a totally different novel It s realistic, and set among ordinary people in a small English to [...]

  25. Find all of my review at 52bookminimum The Casual Vacancy has been rated by nearly a quarter of a million Goodreaders and in case you can t tell by the 3.27 rating a good chunk of them weren t terribly impressed Although I ve already trolled my nemesis pal Ron 2.0 about reading this wrong, I m not entirely convinced he did this time around I m also not going to try to convince any of you to read it I m fairly certain J.K Rowling won t have to resort to prostitution for my crap review not generat [...]

  26. I was startled by how much I liked this book I tried to go into it without expectation, without expecting it to be good or terrible, or like Harry Potter, or anything But it grabbed me almost immediately and didn t let go.There is, of course, very little in common with Harry Potter But that doesn t mean there is nothing in common Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you c [...]

  27. I really liked this I knew I would The plot seemed long and boring, two things that I love in books Rowling is clearly a master storyteller, it s evident in this novel The plot was really captivating, I honestly could not stop reading The novel overall reminded me of Hardy, you get this overview of a town and its large cast of characters Obviously this isn t anywhere near the brilliance of Hardy but it echoes him well The problems that I had with this was that, at the beginning I felt that Rowli [...]

  28. I think J K Rowling is a brilliant writer and I would have bought this book if it were 117.99 and written in pencil on toilet paper It is distressing that readers punish the author for the greed of the publishers I had no idea what to expect and for some reason I was thinking Agatha Christie or PD James Truth is, it was like Salinger or Vonnegut, harsh realism and depressing insight into human weaknesses The book is gritty, dark, humorous, and too believable The characters are real, fragile, no [...]

  29. Check out this review and others like it at BadAssBookReviewsCasual Vacancy is a beautifully written work of art Nothing has been missed in the story No storyline was neglected Every character and every scene is perfectly orchestrated to completion Reading Casual Vacancy is like eating that perfect meal It starts off with an explosion of flavor, akin to a beautifully prepared appetizer and from there Rowling guides the reader through a perfectly told story that is nicely sustained A good story i [...]

  30. The cover is out When I first laid eyes on it I just couldn t breathe Is this what the world has come to Let me go on a rant here.1.It is plain.2.What s with those colors It s like, yellow, and that weird peach that borders on reddish It makes my eyes want to drink heavily and then jump off a building just to see which hurts , the dying or looking at this cover for than a second.3.We have come a long way in book covers, this looks like a cover of a book made in the 70s The colors remind me of t [...]

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