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J.K. Rowling reveals details about new book

13th April 2012

J. K. Rowling's eagerly anticipated new adult novel will be called The Casual Vacancy, it has been revealed.

Five years after the author published the final instalment in the Harry Potter series, the new novel will be aimed squarely at the adult market and concern the goings-on in a seemingly idyllic English market town.

Little Brown, Rowling's new publisher, revealed that the book will be available from September 27th and delve into the sleepy town of Pagford, a major departure from the wizarding world that has captivated readers for 15 years.

Beginning with the death of Pagford parish councillor Barry Fairweather, the plot will concern the town's quest to find a suitable replacement – a process that unearths a number of secrets and uncovers 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,' the publisher stated.

Described by Little Brown as 'comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising', the book is expected to sell in excess of a million copies in the UK, based on the author's reputation alone.

Neill Denny, editor of the Bookseller, explained: 'The bestselling book typically sells 20 per cent more than the number two title, but a bestselling title from J. K. Rowling will sell 20 times more than other titles.

'The scale is freakish. The success of the films has created a new audience for her writing – the film franchise feeds back into the book franchise.'

Earlier this year, Rowling assured readers her new novel would be very different from the Harry Potter books, though credited the success of the boy wizard's adventures with giving her 'the freedom to explore new territory'.

© W&G Foyle Ltd