The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

The Casual Vacancy

By J.K. Rowling

  • Release Date: 2012-09-27
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 698 Ratings
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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 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?

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.


  • Casual Vacancy

    By Krystal's friend
    Very dark and gritty but an honest look at the pettiness and hypocrisy of a small town. All about true values and integrity. JKR's strength lies in her acute observations of the troubled teenage years and societal handling of these issues. Uncomfortable reading but ultimately perceptive. JkRs dialogues can be a little unpolished at times but a thoughtprovoking read.
  • Loved it!

    By StephW202
    Page turner! Felt like I too was living a village lifestyle. Vivid character descriptions creating great imagery!
  • Thank you Jo.

    By Cevb
    Jo your writing gives me joy and an outlet in so many ways. Thank you.
  • The Casual Vacancy

    By Deeasy
    After reading this book for a second time its depth, understanding and kindness have moved me deeply. To know Pagford is to know humans.
  • Gab81143

    By gab81143
    A difficult read and not very enjoyable. I really had to work hard to finish this book.
  • Casual Vacancy

    By JoPugs
    I never read any of the Harry Potter books as I don't like reading about fantasy and witches and wizards but once I started I could not put Casual Vacancy down brilliant in my opinion characters like in a Maeve Binchy book all with a secret but human nature wins out and u sort of feel that the good guys win almost. I loved it and wait for J K Rowlings next adult fiction book fantastic
  • The Casual Vacancy

    By Janet Reudavey
    Thoroughly enjoyable reading. Amazing portrayal of peoples fears and prejudices in a small community drawn and divided and need of power play and intimidation as is life !
  • Worst

    By Stace62
    Worst book ever. Didn't even finish it and I ALWAYS finish books. Sooooo boring!!! Don't understand the concept. Too many different characters I lost track of who was who. Disappointed.
  • The Casual Vacancy

    By Toni gitsham
    Worst book I ever read, TOTALLY BORING!! Certainly won't recommend this one at all, VERY DISAPPOINTING!
  • The Casual Vacancy

    By BevoBobby13
    JK captures the British middle class psyche perfectly. Her characterisations are spot on and her scrutiny of British village is well observed and witty.