Goodbye Harry Potter, hello Barry Fairbrother?
Barry Fairbrother might sound like a wizard right out of Hogwarts, but he's no Harry Potter. He is, however, one of JK Rowling's brand new characters in a brand new book, her first in five years since The Deathly Hallows.
JK introduces Barry in the beginning of The Casual Vacancy—and he promptly kicks the bucket which leads to a series of circumstances that escalates into "the biggest war" in the seemingly peaceful little town of Pagford. It may sound like a chapter out of a Potter book, but this tale is far from being about magic spells.
The Casual Vacancy is the first adult novel for the 46-year old billionaire mum of three, though it's not the first time she's written for grownups. When she started writing Harry Potter it was as a children's fantasy novel, but in the course of seven books the story morphed into a much darker and far more complex series of adult themes.
Details on the plot remain sketchy, even with a press release that reads:
"When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, 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?"
Mystery, politics, dark secrets—all the right ingredients for JK to recreate the magic of Harry Potter? We’ll have to wait until the 512-page tome comes out on 27th September. Meanwhile, here's a first look at the book cover. Doesn't it remind you of those old detective novels?
Source: E! Online
Published: 5th July 2012