The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling

The Casual Vacancy

By J.K. Rowling

  • Release Date: 2012-09-27
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 2,816 Ratings)


When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little 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 town's 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?

Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults.


  • Oof

    By FoxFox37
  • Return on Investment

    By Adr713
    I tried reading this in 2012 and couldn’t get through it. For some reason, I decided why not try again? So I got through the first part, and as I got into uncharted territory, I found it better and better. The ending was heavy and quite good, solid even. This is the story of a small town where everyone knows each other. You might know of such a town near you, or you might even hail from one. There’s a good deal of setup for all of these people, these characters, and that’s where I find most people fall off the wagon. But it’s required reading. Once everyone begins to have their stories intermingle with one another, the story takes on an amazing new light. This is not an archetypical tale of good versus evil, but rather a shrunk-down view of the society we actively exist within. In each human character are prides and follies, and those often form the most volatile of this tale’s chemical reactions. I didn’t like many people at all in the beginning, but the people of Pagford grew on me much like my own neighbors have over time. By the end, it felt like a real place with real people. So if you’re looking for an unabashed slice of life, a telescope into raw honesty, then perhaps you’re due a visit to Pagford as well.
  • Wait

    By the old Mr Hide
    Why JK change her nickname again?
  • The Casual Vacancy

    By lhoshor
    This gave a face to economic and cultural divisions as they effect children from different walks of life. Though a tragedy, it manages to unite two diverse cultures in an ultimately important way. It offers hope that the next generation shall be wiser...
  • Csunsuzq

    By Csunsuzq
    A very good read! This story of a small town reminded me of the small town I came from. Casual Vacancy shows all the angst of teenagers, all the good and the bad. The feelings Ms Rawlings brings out in her writing makes you feel like you know these people. I’ve also read the Cormorant Strike series by Ms Rawlings and had the same feelings about those books. Please keep writing more stories like these!!!
  • A bit of a chore

    By Other sci-fi guy
    No, this is not a happy book and no, it's nothing like Harry Potter. Neither is a reason to fault a book and we all know the author is an accomplished writer but the shot gun like style of this book made it a chore for me to read. The reader needs to take in the identities any relationships of almost all of the 25 major and minor characters in the first few chapters. The narrative skips around quickly between vignettes make the use of pronouns problematic. All the way through the book I found myself asking "Which one is Tess married to and what's her kid's name? It's probably better on second reading but I'm exhausted and There are other books to read.
  • The Casual Vacancy

    By Rocketgirl56
    I cannot believe this was written by the author who wrote the brilliant Harry Potter series! I have read the classics, and I believe that the Potter books will one day be listed among them. Therefore, it is with regret that I must rate this book as horrible. So many characters, as to be confusing. Action too slow moving. Time shifts make the story, if one can find it, too difficult to follow. One of the very few books ever that I could not finish. If I were you, Ms. Rowling, I would burn all copies.
  • Come on people,

    By Experience the expert
    I give this five stars stars! It is a good book about romance and war! I know it's not the usual J.K Rowling book, with magic and evil and good, but just because the newspaper reported it was not much fun doesn't mean you should believe them!! I am a J.K Rowling fan, (does not mean I vote this because of this) because she has a,aging book and has a real talent for writing books I would just give this book a chance. It's 10.00 as a tablet form, and yes maybe it was a little expensive as a hard cover, but maybe the publisher just thought it would sell for that much because she is amazing at books!!!!!!!! One stars is a total down fall, at least give it a chance, and maybe you will see it's not so bad after all.😊😊
  • Amazing!

    By writer4you
    I recommend reading this book if you are a devoted Harry Potter fan. This story is a mystery about the mayor’s death and how it effects the town. J.K. Rowling does blind side you with the unexpected sex scenes, but it is a page turner, and it was hard putting it down due to the english language, I literally felt like I was in London! 5 stars! Fats is my favorite character by the way.
  • The Casual Vacancy

    By Psych reader
    I found this disappointing. Far below Rowling's writing in Harry Potter.