A lot of people didn’t like JK Rowling’s first venture away from the Harry Potter series; I often thought it was because people were expecting something magical, something Harry Potter-ish, but was disappointed with her little political drama set in a beautiful English village. Me on the other hand was hooked with the lives of the villagers – everyone in here has skeletons in their closets. It was in my hospital bed that I read it actually – recovering from an emergency appendectomy – truth be told, it was the thing that got me through the awful, lonely experience.
I reviewed the book here, but here is my summary:
“[The Casual Vacancy] It is full of character, exceptional use of authentic voice and completely engrossing. I had my particular favourite characters and a few who got on my nerves; but that’s real life, isn’t it? This is adult fiction that is unlike anything other I have read before and I’m happy I gave it a go. It is so realistic how she managed to divide people here not only in class, but also political views, location, age and religion. I happily take my hat off to Rowling and admit, I was wrong.”
And when I heard that it was being turned into a miniseries by the BBC, I was glad. They’d do a fantastic job, I knew. But I never heard anything again, until now. The Casual Vacancy premiers on BBC One on Feb 15th. Be sure to get it Sky +ed, because I know it will be engrossing to say the least.
At the Parish Council meeting the subject of Sweetlove House and its legacy arises. Howard Mollison, the Chairman, heads up the faction who want to see an end to the legacy; the thorn in his side is Barry Fairbrother, who makes an impassioned speech outlining the importance of the legacy, and the services it provides. For now, Barry has won the argument.
When Barry dies suddenly, Pagford is left in shock, and the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the village has yet seen. Three candidates are soon lined up: Miles Mollison, Howard’s son; Colin Wall, Barry’s friend; and Simon Price, Barry’s half-brother.
Harry Potter fans won’t be too disheartened though as Michael Gambon, theinfamous Dumbledore stars along with some other famous UK TV names. Spread across three episodes, I’m confident the BBC will do the book justice.
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