JK Rowling has announced her first adult novel will be called The Casual Vacancy and is due to be released 27th September 2012.
In February the Harry Potter author revealed that she was working on the new book, and said it would be “very different” from her previous material.
“The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me,” Rowling said.
The story is centred on the death of Barry Fairweather, whose unexpected passing shocks the local villagers of Pagford.
Publishers Little, Brown & Co said: “Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war.”
The company describes the tale as being “blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising”.
Speaking at the premiere of the final Potter movie last year, Rowling said that the movie marked the start of a new writing direction.
“I think I always felt that I didn’t want to publish again until the last film was out, because Potter has been such a huge thing of my life.
The Harry Potter seven book series has sold over 150 million copies to date and her new adult novel is set to be a sure fire hit.
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