On Tuesday 3rd July, J.K Rowling’s debut Adult Novel cover was finally unveiled, ‘The Casual Vacancy’. The book cover at a first glance can only be described as basic in design but the bright colours have everyone speculating. With full intent, the bold red cover and yellow frame will serve its purpose and be a definite standout on all book shelves, conveniently overshadowing the dull coloured 50 Shades of Grey!
..after all the guessing and analysis the cover basically gives nothing away about the story; it still remains a mystery how a story about a small English town election can be described as: ‘blackly comic, thought provoking and constantly surprising’…
At present, we are all doing the inevitable and judging a book by its cover, the old fashioned style white font against the red makes the title beam, the choice of font and small picture design reads very familiar, drawing similarities to Sarah Water’s previous novels designed by Virago London. However, ‘The Casual Vacancy’ doesn’t appeal to any particular gender making it all the more adaptable to sit on anyone’s book shelf.
We cannot but compare ‘The Casual Vacancy’ book art to its legendary predecessor ‘Harry Potter’ the most obvious observation being how lacking it is of witchcraft and wizardry. This unveiling is the first step towards a new JK Rowling and it has now dawned upon many that the Harry Potter era is officially over. You do have to wonder, is the unveiling of this cover out to storm E.L James and steal the limelight back? After all, the Grey trilogy did over-take Harry Potter as the UK’s fastest selling paperback of all time.
Frustratingly, after all the guessing and analysis the cover basically gives nothing away about the story; it still remains a mystery how a story about a small English town election can be described as: ‘blackly comic, thought provoking and constantly surprising’. Still nonetheless J.K hasn’t let us down before so I for one am excited to find out.
The Casual Vacancy by J.K Rowling will be published worldwide and be available in various forms such as, hardback, e-book, unabridged audio download and on audio CD on Thursday 27th September 2012.
We leave you with The Casual Vacancy blurb:
“When Barry Fairbrother 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?”
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