First published in 2012, The Casual Vacancy is the first adult book written by J.K. Rowling. Fans of her Harry Potter series of books may find it to be a disappointing read, as it is well and truly set in the muggle world i.e. there are no wizards, witches or magic of any kind. It is a very grown up book that is unsuitable for children.
Set in the fictional West Country English town of Pagford, The Casual Vacancy is a book about people. The story is a vehicle to showcase how each character thinks, revealing their deepest secrets It highlights the worst and best in people, from the local drug addict at risk of having her son removed from her care, to the supposedly highly respected local councillors, shop owners and teachers.
The BBC adapted A Casual Vacancy into a three part mini-series which was aired on TV in 2015 and it not just like the book.