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JK Rowling talks personal life, The Casual Vacancy, future books with The Guardian

As the release of her first post-Potter book The Casual Vacancy approaches, Jo Rowling has begun a series of interviews and appearances with a lengthy piece in The Guardian in which she discusses her life before, during and after Harry Potter, and politics and society and how it ties into the new book. And she says that having dreamed up Harry Potter on a train, the idea for The Casual Vacancy came to her on a plane this time! She also reveals that her next book to publish will most likely be another children’s story, and that the long awaited ‘political fairytale’ is still sitting on her laptop, almost finished.

The video below summarizes the interview nicely, but you can read the whole thing over on the Guardian website. Spoiler warning: the article contains a lot of detail about the contents of The Casual Vacancy. We’ve included some highlight quotes below.

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Chamber of Secrets chapters 1-4 now available to everyone on Pottermore!

We’ve waited patiently for almost a year, and now book two on Pottermore, Chamber of Secrets, is finally being opened. Chapters 1-4 went live yesterday for House Cup winners Slytherin, and today they are accessible for all other students too. Head over to Pottermore now to have a look at the new features and content by JK Rowling!

The website currently states that subsequent chapters will be available ‘shortly’.

Cover art for JK Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ revealed!

Publisher Little, Brown just released the cover art for JK Rowling’s new book The Casual Vacancy! See that below. They also released an updated synopsis and the prices in dollars. Strangely, since the initial announcement, the name of the deceased character Barry Fairweather has been changed to Barry Fairbrother, put down to error by Little, Brown.

Little, Brown and Company releases the cover for The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling, along with updated cover copy, details of the audio reader, and confirmed page count.

Published worldwide in the English language on September 27, 2012 in hardcover ($35.00), large print hardcover ($39.00), e-book ($19.99), unabridged audio download ($29.98), and on CD ($44.98)

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. Get the whole story »