Although I imagine most people with an interest in books and publishing will have heard this news last week, I didn’t like to let it go by un-noted. J.K. Rowling has announced that the title of her new book for adults will be The Casual Vacancy. The synopsis on Little, Brown’s website describes the upcoming book as a black comedy centred on the election df a new member of the Parish Council in the seemingly idyllic English town of Pagford after the unexpected death of one of its members. The resulting election means war in the town and brings up “unexpected revelations”, revealing the darker side of Pagford lying beneath its idyllic façade.
I am intrigued about J.K. Rowling’s novel as she is in a unique position: the legacy of Harry Potter means that her first novel for adults will undoubtedly get a lot of press and, most likely, a higher degree of scrutiny than most new novels. I am really looking forward to it though, as I enjoyed the Harry Potter books not just for the world they created, but for Rowling’s ability to create memorable and conflicted characters and intelligent dialogue. The release of The Casual Vacancy on the 27th of September 2012 will be one to watch.