THE cover of JK Rowling’s first book since she finished the Harry Potter saga has been revealed ahead of its publication later this year.
The Casual Vacancy will be the author’s first offering aimed primarily at adults. It is set in the fictional English town of Pagford and deals with the unexplained death of a village resident. The book is expected to be a massive success when it is published in September, with pre-orders already making it one of the year’s bestsellers.
Little, Brown Book Group says film and stage actor Tom Hollander will record the audio version of the book.
Rowling’s series about Harry Potter, the boy wizard, made her one of the most successful authors in the world.
The Edinburgh-based author is also working on a Harry Potter encyclopedia, and will donate proceeds from its sale to charity. It is unlikely to appear any time soon, however, as the author warned it would be a “time-consuming job.”