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Despite its lukewarm reviews The Casual Vacancy has been an international bestseller.

JK Rowling‘s first foray into adult fiction has cemented her credibility as a writer beyond Harry Potter. Readers are still clamouring for the book and it seems the BBC is also keen to get in on the act, having commissioned an adaptation of The Casual Vacancy to screen in 2014.

The BBC will announce at a later date the number of episodes in the series. JK Rowling will be closely involved in the development of the series.

“I'm thrilled the BBC has commissioned The Casual Vacancy," said Rowling. "I always felt that, if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television and I think the BBC is the perfect home."

The Casual Vacancy has been described as a ‘big novel about a small town’. The town of Pagford is left in shock after Barry Fairbrother, a much liked and valuable member of the Parish Council and local community dies suddenly in his early forties, leaving behind a wife and four children. His death sets in motion a jostle for power as members of the local community put their names forward for the seat on Parish Council, vacated by Barry Fairbrother.

It is a parochial novel, well suited to a BBC adaptation.

Ben Stephenson, the controller of BBC drama commented: "We are thrilled to bring JK Rowling's extraordinary tapestry of modern Britain to the screen. It's a book of such richness that through humour, social commentary and above all fantastic characters, that says something insightful and entertaining about the country we live in."

The BBC will no doubt be hoping for the same success Harry Potter has enjoyed.

 

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