The Casual Vacancy
by J K Rowling
Have to confess I actually had no idea what this book was about before I started reading it. The only press I’d seen regarding it was negative comments owing to it not being a children’s book. Which I personally thought was a bit odd – what gives anyone the right to dictate to an author which genre they ‘must’ write in?
So, I was actually under the impression that this was to be a shag-fest, swear-fest of a book, possibly about temporary office workers, (insert suitable reference about not judging a book by its cover here ) and was therefore a little surprised to find myself reading a book about a vacancy at a Parish Council.
Not at all what I expected but a charming little (massive) book which leads you an a journey through the lives of the villagers of Pagford. This is a gentle read with lots of characters and intricately woven story threads which all pull together as you read on.
Overall it lacks the punch of the Harry Potter novels but as a standalone book it is a good, if bitter-sweet, read.