What's NEW on Zando?

Shop our latest arrivals for shoes & apparel now!

J.K. Rowling's first adult novel revealed

Comment on this story


iol news pic Britain JK Rowling

AP

This photo made available by Little, Brown Book Group Tuesday July 3, 2012 shows the cover of The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowlings first novel for adults. Publishers have released the cover of the J.K. Rowling novel set for worldwide release in September. The Casual Vacancy will be the Harry Potter authors first offering aimed primarily at adults. The novel is set in the fictional English town of Pagford and deals with the unexplained death of a village resident. (AP Photo/Little, Brown Book Group, HO)

London - The cover of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling's first foray into adult fiction features a large black “X” in what appears to be a box on a ballot paper set against a bright yellow and red background, her publishers revealed on Tuesday.

“The Casual Vacancy” hits shelves on Sept. 27 and has been described in a brief synopsis by publishers Little, Brown as “a big novel about a small town”.

The 512-page book will be set in a seemingly idyllic English town called Pagford and centre around an election to the parish council following the shock death of Barry Fairbrother in his early 40s.

Publishers previously promised a “blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising” story. The surname of the character of Barry was originally given as Fairweather in an earlier press release in April.

In Britain, the hardback version of The Casual Vacancy will cost 20 pounds and the ebook 11.99 pounds.

Since her seven Harry Potter novels became a global publishing phenomenon, selling an estimated 450 million copies, Rowling's every move is followed closely by the industry.

The books, and a hugely successful movie franchise, helped turn her into the world's first author billionaire.

Rowling is also working on a Harry Potter encyclopedia, she announced in April, and will donate proceeds from its sale to charity. It is unlikely to appear any time soon, however, as the author warned it would be a “time-consuming job.” - Reuters


sign up
 
 

Comment Guidelines



  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

     

Join us on

IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks