Friday, 13 April 2012

Harry Potter And The Casual Vacancy

Yesterday, J.K. Rowling announced her new novel. The world (erm, Twitter) went crazy. Rowling has come to the rescue and will save the publishing industry. Booksellers are already planning their midnight-opening activities and costumes. Then people read the synopsis - no wizards, no magic, no Hogwarts. Oh dear.

Don't worry. I have taken the press release from the Little Brown website and made the necessary changes. I have tried to make it more wizard friendly. To be honest, I don't like the idea of Harry Potter fans crying and being upset.


Little, Brown (Bear) Book Group announces that the new novel for adults by J.K. Rowling is entitled (Harry Potter and) The Casual Vacancy.  The book will be published worldwide in the English language (and Wizard language) in hardback, ebook, unabridged audio download and on CD on Thursday 27th September 2012.

(There will be extracts in The Daily Prophet and the book launch will be at Hogwarts. Reviewers and journalists will travel on the Hogwarts Express).

(Harry Potter and) The Casual Vacancy

When (Harry Potter) Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of (Hogsmeade)Pagford is left in shock. (He was a vital part of the community even after the break up of his prog-rock band. The marriage of Ron and Hermione made touring hard when the twins arrived. Harry fell into a spiral of decline, divorced Ginny and lost custody to his owl. Harry became a born-again politician. Ultimately, he found it hard to escape the shadow of Adrian Mole). 

(Hogsmeade) Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fa├žade 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, (Wizards at war with muggles)...(Hogsmeade) Pagford is not what it first seems. (Gringotts are refusing to fund mortgages and are squeezing the purses of the wizarding world. Recession lurks in the shadows and is know as 'the crash that no one is allowed to name.' Everyone is panic-buying petrol, sausage rolls, mini eggs and postage stamps).

And the empty seat left by (Harry) 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? (and did Harry Potter fake his death so he could claim the insurance?).

Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, (Harry Potter and) The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

(Don't forget Harry Potter and The Woman in Black is currently showing at your local cinema).

You can read the original press release over here. 

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