Jk Rowling 's first novel for adults is one of the most anticipated novel releases of 2012 and the Harry Potter author has finally revealed the name of her new book. The Guardian reported yesterday that Rowling's first novel for grown-ups will be entitled 'The Casual Vacancy'. The story revolves around a small parish town named Pagford, described by Rowling's new publisher Little, Brown, as a quintessential English dwelling "with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey."
The story begins with the death of Barry Fairweather, a "stalwart of the town's parish council" who dies in his early forties. What happens after his death sparks "the biggest war the town has yet seen" and sees "teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils." Many insiders in the publishing industry had apparently expected Rowling to enter the world of "hard-boiled Edinburgh crime fiction," so this latest news has certainly raised a few eyebrows in the publishing world.
Neil Denny of Bookseller told The Guardian "It's not the niche people were steering her into. This is clearly not a traditional crime novel, it sounds quirky, it sounds interesting - and ambitious. It's a niche with little else in it, which perhaps only she can fill. A lot of people will be curious to see if she can move from writing young adult titles to writing for adults."