Here's the blurb for the upcoming novel:
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?
After reading the blurb I think the cover fits perfectly well with the theme by depicting a simple marked ballot. Even though Casual Vacancy won't have us lost in the whimsical world of magic I think that she'll lure enough people with her brialliant writing. Obviously, the younger crowds might not be as attracted to read Current Vacancy but the older fans of Rowling can look forward to another Rowling novel even if there are no spells, wards or flying broomsticks involved.
For J.K. Rowling fans, will you be reading The Casual Vacancy, even if it doesn't have the same magic as the Harry Potter series?
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