J.K. Rowling Releases The Cover Art For Her New Novel ‘The Casual Vacancy’


Back in February we learned the exciting news that Harry Potter author JK Rowling is releasing a novel for adults this year and in April we learned that the novel has been titled The Casual Vacancy. Today we get our first look at the cover art for Rowling’s first novel aimed at adults and as you can see below, the cover art is kind of meh.

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.

It seems very clear to me, whether intentionally or not, that JK Rowling is really trying to set this new book as far apart from the magic of her children’s books. When I first read the plot description back in April, I desperately mined the words for something that would appeal to me … I’ve yet to find that precious nugget of interest. I love JK Rowling’s writing so, I think, I’m still willing to give this book a shot but neither the plot nor the book cover reach out and grab me with any interest. I fear if I saw this book on a shelf, and I didn’t know it was JK Rowling, I wouldn’t even give it a second chance. BUT, we are told not to judge books by their covers so … we shall see. Does The Casual Vacancy sound at all interesting to you? Does this sound like a book that YOU would want to read?


  • Sunny

    I cannot wait for this book! Ms. Rowling has a unique writing style that I thoroughly enjoy. However, if she indeed is trying to depart from the HP books so fiercely, why name the key character Barry? Curious.

    • Katie

      Lol…I didn’t even notice that!

      I’m exicted for this book. I think the story sounds interesting. Even if it didn’t I would probably still read it just because it is JKR.

    • @Sunny — LOL. I didn’t notice that either.

  • Joanna

    I probably wouldn’t read this book if it wasn’t written by J.K. Rowling either. I’m not a fan of books that are centered around anything having to do with religion or churches. I just want to read it to see if she is any good at writing books that are not only about magic and wizards. I never let a book’s cover influence me as to whether or not I’d read it. The plot could be amazing and the cover art could be terrible and I’d still read it.

  • Shadowcatt77

    From a design standpoint, this cover is HORRENDOUS!!!!!

    Aside from that, like many others I’m a huge fan of the way JKR can put together a story, and for that reason only I will be reading this book.

  • BradywantsMoore

    Sadly no, this sounds like another boring stuffy lane British novel. But it’s J.K. And I kinda want to like it … But I don’t see it happening!

  • Joan

    I’m holding on TIGHT to the “black comedy” description on the original book release info. The cover seems kind of wacky and quirky too, despite looking pretty standard. In JKR I trust. We’ll see.

  • blaqfury

    As I go into my 5th day without electricity (side eye to Dominion Power) I have been forced to rediscover my love of reading…lol!

    This book does not lure me at all. The cover is bland, and you’re right Trent, even the synopsis sounds “meh-ish”. They are clearly selling this off her name alone. With that being said, I think i’ll wait for people’s reviews before I go out and purchase this book.

  • miss x

    The cover bears an uncanny resemblance to The Art of Fielding book! Except for the colors!

    HAHAHAHAHAH @ the Barry connection. I didn’t even notice that!

    Ahh I’m a little disappointed that there will be no magic or fantasy element in her new book! Was so looking forward to that!