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Praise for THE CASUAL VACANCY:
"I had come under the spell of a great novel....A big, ambitious, brilliant, profane, funny, deeply upsetting and magnificently eloquent novel of contemporary England, rich with literary intelligence....This is a deeply moving book by somebody who understands both human beings and novels very, very deeply."―Lev Grossman, Time
"A vivid read with great, memorable characters and a truly emotional payoff....Rowling captures the humanity in everyone, even if that humanity is not always a pretty sight."―People
"This book represents a truckload of shrewdness.... There were sentences I underlined for the sheer purpose of figuring out how English words could be combined so delightfully....genuinely moving."―Washington Post
"A positively propulsive read."―Wall Street Journal
"An insanely compelling page-turner....The Casual Vacancy is a comedy, but a comedy of the blackest sort, etched with acid and drawn with pitch....Rowling proves ever dexterous at launching multiple plot lines that roar along simultaneously, never entangling them except when she means to. She did not become the world's bestselling author by accident. She knows down in her bones how to make you keep turning the pages."―The Daily Beast
"There are plenty of pleasures to be had in The Casual Vacancy....Parts of the story would be tonally of a piece with any Richard Price or Dennis Lehane novel, or an episode of The Wire."―Parade
"Rowling knows how to write a twisty, involving plot....She is clearly a skilled writer."―The Huffington Post
"The Casual Vacancy is a complete joy to read....a stunning, brilliant, outrageously gripping and entertaining evocation of British society today."―The Mirror (UK)
"Rowling has written a grand novel...a very brave book."―The Bookseller (UK)
"A study of provincial life, with a large cast and multiple, interlocking plots, drawing inspiration from Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot...The Casual Vacancy immerses the reader in a richly peopled, densely imagined world...intelligent, workmanlike, and often funny."―The Guardian (UK)
"The Casual Vacancy, JK Rowling's first adult novel, is sometimes funny, often startlingly well observed....Jane Austen herself would admire the way [Rowling] shows the news of Barry's death spreading like a virus round Pagford."―Telegraph (UK)
J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold more than 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 74 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films. She has also written two small volumes, which appear as the titles of Harry’s schoolbooks within the novels. Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through The Ages were published by Scholastic Bloomsbury Children’s Books in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. In December 2008, The Tales of Beedle the Bard was published in aid of the Children’s High Level Group, and quickly became the fastest selling book of the year.
As well as an OBE for services to children’s literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France’s Légion d’honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award, and she has been a Commencement Speaker at Harvard University. She supports a wide number of charitable causes through her charitable trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children.
I had to spot reading thought it would get better but it didn't,i found she was writing in the third person all the time. Also the story line didn't flow.Published 1 month ago by Tracey
I really expected more from J.K. It was a fast read but the ending lacked.Published 5 months ago by LostandFound
I didn't care for the story not as good as her other books.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I picked up "The Casual Vacancy" by J.K. Rowling when it first came out and couldn't get past the first pages. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Visnja Murgic
I haven't read any of the Harry Potter books (bit of a rebel, I know) so I went into this novel with no preconceived notions of what Ms. Rowling's writing might be like. Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. Teal
Cheesy and kind of Coronation Street(y). A seedy little tale about some very seedy horrid people. - Contrary to the mixed reviews, many of which panned it, I loved it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nelle
I found this to be an uninteresting story peopled with characters who were either pathetic, ugly or unlikeable, sometimes all three. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Catherine A Morton