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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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    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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    Done!

    A little slow to get started but in the end I am glad I read it. Wasn't at all what I was expecting though.

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    Very English

    Rowlings first adult book is a long worded soap opera. It is very English dealing with an absent position in local politics. Lots of characters so it is hard to keep track of them. A lot on class differences and the problems of lower socio economic population. Not a happy ending. Took me along time to read as I didn't really like or indentify with anyone.

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