'The Casual Vacancy' – whose title has been revealed for the first time – will be a black comedy about 'a town at war.'

This article titled “JK Rowling: Growing detail of first adult novel emerges” was written by Richard Lea, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 12th April 2012 14.48 UTC

Further details of JK Rowling's forthcoming first novel for adults have been revealed, with her publisher announcing that her “blackly comic” novel will be called The Casual Vacancy and will be published on 27 September 2012.

According to her publisher, Little, Brown, the novel will be set in a small town called Pagford, an English idyll “with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey”. But behind this chocolate-box façade is a “a town at war”.

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