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Any One Book: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

As soon as I heard this book was coming out I was always going to review it and I was always going to start that review by saying I would forget about Harry Potter and review it without the boy wizard in mind.

Except, I don’t need to. I don’t need to forget that J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter inĀ  order to give this book a fair review because in all honesty (and let’s be honest, relief) this novel stands on its own two feet.

I know that a lot of people aren’t clear on the details of the book because not much was released until recently but it truly is an adult novel. It features drugs, rape, domestic abuse, prostitution, self-harming, racism, mental illness and is also full to the brim of arrogant and spiteful characters.

It’s set in the idyllic location of Pagford, nestled in the countryside overlooked by a ruined abbey and bordered by a river. It neighbours Yarvil which all the teenagers love and the elderly dislike. It starts with the death of Pagford Parish councillor Barry Fairbrother whose untimely demise leaves a gaping hole in the small town, and whether the locals know it or not, they are being drawn into the chaos that resides within. Continue reading


Yesterday I Met My Hero

Not many people get to say that. Not many people have the honour of being in their hero’s presence and not many people get to exchange words with them.

But let me start from the beginning.

As you know from my post yesterday and probably the news that J.K. Rowling had a new book come out and she celebrated it at the Southbank Centre in London with a hoard of 900 fans. She spent the day itself on a plane coming down from Edinburgh and watched Men in Black 3 with her Husband and eldest daughter.

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Happy Casual Vacancy Day

Yes, it’s finally here!

Five years after the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling will be launching a new book.

But it’s not just any book, it’s one that’s so far from Potter that it’s almost unbelievable it’s by the same author.

Over the past few days more details have been revealed. It’s not a fantasy or anything supernatural, it’s not a crime, mystery or thriller novel. In fact it’s hard to say exactly what it is. Rowling herself said that if it was to be summed up in a question it would be ‘what do we do with Krystal?’ yet what we do know is that this is NOT a book for children. Continue reading


Any One Book #12

Yes, it is September 3rd at that means it is time to answer the question on everyone’s lips.

What is the book for this month?

Well, as usual I am spoiled for choice. There is much on my bookcase that remains unread. There is book five of The Song of Ice and Fire series, Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility still remains and has been joined by Alice in Wonderland, The Odyssey, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist and Interview With a Vampire. Continue reading


The Casual Occupancy

Okay, so on 27 September not only does The Casual Vacancy, by the one and only J.K. Rowling, come out but she’s also doing an event on the evening of the same day.

Rowling will be appearing at the Southbank centre in London at 19.30 during which time she will be reading from The Casual Vacancy, talking with BBC journalist Mark Lawson, taking questions from the audience and then doing a book signing. Continue reading


Any One Book: River God by Wilbur Smith

As usual there will be spoilers.

Basically it follows the Eunuch slave Taita who is wholeheartedly devoted to his mistress Lostris and friend Tanus, together they share a wonderful vision of Egypt and despite all their troubles and hardships they begin to achieve it.

In all honesty I had my reservations, like I said before the first part of it is quite difficult to get through but once I got through it I was swept up on their journey, almost as if I was caught up in the Nile with them. It’s a remarkable book, so much happens that by the time you get to the end you’ve forgotten what happened at the beginning. It’s a book I’m glad that I’ve read, I was too young the first time round, I didn’t appreciate it then, but I sure as hell do now. This story is going to stay with me.

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