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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 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.

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    I was surprised by this book. After hearing the initial reviews that it wasn't anything like Harry potter and it was full of foul language, my expectations were low. However, j.k. Rowling tells a gripping story about life for children from a disadvantaged background and the challenges they face daily. Excellent read!

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    This was not the magic stuff of Harry Potter, but I was captivated by her writing nonetheless. Despite the characters being wholly unlikeable, they were so vivid, as JK Rowling seems to excel at. The plot left me feeling often awkward and uncomfortable, however, I was still intrigued to read on all the time and I was satisfied with the ending.

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    As a big Harry Potter fan I was unsure what to expect from J.K. Rowling in her first adult novel. Although The Casual Vacancy was very different to the adventures at Hogwarts, the vividness of Rowling's writing and the characters she weaves together in the small town of Pagford kept me hooked and still thinking about the novel after I was 100% complete. The story brings to life characters who you may wish you had never met but as the book progresses you begin to see into the thoughts and the reasons behind the many actions that have teens rebelling against their parents and the system. I was transported to a small town in England in a way I had never been before and although there were painful moments, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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    Storyline a little too much, long & overwhelmed with details!

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    The Casual Vacancy

    Rather hard to take, such internal emotions expressed that it was hard to finish the book. Seemed rather disjointed to me

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