The official cover to J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy, her first adult-marketed book and the first she's written since wrapping up her long-running Harry Potter series, has been revealed by Little, Brown, her publisher. The novel, which clocks in at just over 500 pages, will be available on September 27 in both physical an ebook formats as well as audiobooks which will be read by actor Tom Hollander. According to the publisher, the premise is described as follows:
When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the 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 façade 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? A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J. K. Rowling's first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.