Barry Fairbrother, a local councilor, died suddenly at Pagford, in his forty-fifth year. This event shocked the townspeople. In a provincial English town with a cobbled market square and an ancient monastery, it would seem that idyll reigns, but is it really so? What is behind the beautiful English facades?
In fact, the quiet town has long been at war. The rich are in conflict with the poor, adolescents with their parents, wives with their husbands, teachers with their students … Pagford is not what it seems at first glance.
But the vacant seat in the local council only exacerbates all these conflicts and threatens to lead to a war that a small town has never seen. Who will be able to win elections filled with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
It is a big novel about a small town and J.K. Rowling’s first adult book. A beautiful piece by an amazing storyteller.
The phonogram contains obscene language.
First published in Great Britain in 2012 by Little, Brown Book Group with the title
THE CASUAL VACANCY
Copyright © JKRowling 2012
Written by Terius Nash, Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, Shawn Carter and Thaddis Harrell
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