J.K. Rowling’s unpublished new novel gets a parody


J.K. Rowling’s new 500-page adult fiction novel The Casual Vacancy is due to be released on the 27th September this year.

The only information any Rowling fans have about the book is what Little, Brown have published on their website:

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 facade 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?

The Bookseller today announced that, despite the fact that J.K. Rowling’s book is yet unpublished and the plot in full yet unknown, a parody of The Casual Vacancy, titled The Vacant Casualty, has already been released as an eBook by Boxtree, available for £3.99. It will be published in hardback on the 13th September this year for £8.99.

The Bookseller also said: “The book is set in the English town of Mumford, where all is quiet, apart from the man with the axe in his back who is staggering down the street, leaving a vacancy on the Parish Council. It features Detective Inspector Bradley, a “plodding buffoon, incapable of detecting his own backside”, who teams up with a writer researching a detective novel, and together they blunder towards the identity of the “vacant casualty”, hoping to get to the truth before everyone in the town is murdered.”

The Vacant Casualty‘s publisher described it in more vivid terms: “In this potty-mouthed, depraved parody, strewn with casual violence and sexual deviancy, you’ll discover granny mafia, farting tea-ladies, car chases, serial killers and lashings of tortoise milk. But no immigrants. This is the countryside, after all.”

World rights in The Vacant Casualty by Patty O’Furniture (pseudonym of Bruno Vincent) were acquired direct from the author by non-fiction publishing director Jon Butler, after the idea was prompted in-house.


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