The Casual Vacancy

Learn all the details about J.K. Rowling’s latest novel, The Casual Vacancy.

For the latest news and updates on The Casual Vacancy, click here.


Cover art for The Casual Vacancy

When Barry Fairbrother 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 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?

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


Release Date: September 27, 2012

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group

Audiobook Reader: Tom Hollander, an experienced star of stage and screen.

Page Count: approximately 505 pages


The paperback edition of the novel was released on July 18, 2013 with a brand new cover. [More info here]


On December 3, 2012 it was announced that J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy would be made into a television miniseries for BBC on BBC1. The show premiered on Sunday, February 15 at 9:00 p.m to 6.6 million viewers and great reviews.

In April 2014, it was announced that the miniseries will air in three, one-hour episodes on BBC1 and HBO in America. Filming will take place in Stroud, Gloustershire in the United Kingdom. A partial cast list was announced in June, with other cast members yet to be announced.

The miniseries was produced by Bronte Film and Television, the independent production company run by J.K. Rowling and her agent, Neil Blair, who also served as executive producer with Paul Trijbits and Rick Senat. Sarah Phelps (who wrote the BBC’s Great Expectations, and The Crimson Field) wrote the script; Jonny Campbell (In the Flesh, Eric & Ernie) directed the series.



September 27, 2012 – Book launch at the Southbank Center – London, England

October 6, 2012 – Cheltenham Literature Festival – Cheltenham, England

October 16, 2012 – A Conversation with J.K. Rowling and Ann Patchett – Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City

November 2, 2012 – J.K. Rowling’s only Scotland event – Lennoxlove Book Festival

March 8, 2013 – Bath Literature Festival – Bath, England

Television Interviews:

ABC (US) Interview with Cynthia McFadden – Aired September 26 & 27. Watch parts of the interview here on our YouTube.

BBC 2 (UK) Writing for Grown-Ups: A Culture Show Special – Aired September 26.

BBC (UK) Interview with Will Gompertz – Aired September 27 – Watch the whole interview here and read Gompertz’s interesting blog post about the interview here

ABC1 (AUS) J.K. Rowling: Life After Harry Potter – Interview with Jennifer Bryne – Aired September 27.

Radio Interviews:

BBC Radio 4 – Interview with Mark Lawson – Broadcasted September 27

NPR – Interview with Inskeep – Broadcasted September 27

CBC (Canadian radio) – Interview on ‘Q’ with Jian Ghomeshi – Broadcasted October 19

Print Interviews:

USA Today Interview (US)

The New Yorker (US)

The Guardian (UK)

New York Times Interview (US)


One response to “The Casual Vacancy

  1. Pingback: Cast announced for teenage characters of ‘Casual Vacancy’ miniseries | Pottermore News

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