JK Rowling adult novel published
Tuesday 03 July 2012
X marks the spot for JK Rowling's first book since she called time on the Harry Potter saga.
Publishers Little, Brown released a cover shot today ahead of the publication of The Casual Vacancy on September 27 showing what looks like an X on a ballot paper on a red background.
The 512-page novel, the writer's first for adults, is about an idyllic town ripped apart by a parish council election.
A spokesman for booksellers Waterstones' said: "While it is great to see such a bold cover image, it'll cause frustration among those desperate to find out more about the plot. There are no clues here. As ever, the JK Rowling guessing game continues."
The book is set to be a bestseller with shops already reporting big pre-order demand.
It begins with the unexpected death of Barry Fairbrother, whose demise in his early 40s leaves a space on the parish council.
Little Brown said it would be a "blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising" novel.
Rowling has amassed a fortune estimated to be more than £620 million from her seven Harry Potter books for children, plus all the spin-off rights.
This will be her first novel since her final Potter book was published in 2007.
The books have sold more than 450 million copies and have been translated into 74 languages.
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