The title of J.K. Rowling’s new novel has been revealed as The Casual Vacancy.
The book will be the author’s first book since her massively successful Harry Potter series and the first she has written specifically for adults.
Publisher Little, Brown confirmed the news on 12 April, issuing a press release which revealed the title and brief plot summary:
“When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little 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?”
The Casual Vacancy is set for release on 27 September 2012.