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Now available in paperback, J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy has been pulling in strong sales once again.

According to the Official U.K. Top 50 books chart, the book has been in the number one position for a second straight week. It sold 28,666 copies in its second week as a paperback. The number two book, The Racketeer by John Grisham, was trailing behind by 10,000 copies.

Sales of The Casual Vacancy may be aided by the fact that Rowling has been in the headlines recently after she revealed she wrote The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The book was published in April but wasn’t known as Rowling’s work until July when The Sunday Times heard from a source that Rowling operated under Galbraith.

The Casual Vacancy was originally published in September of last year and was the author’s first post-Potter novel. The BBC picked up rights to the book so they could develop it as a miniseries (scheduled for release next year).

Meanwhile, sales for The Cuckoo’s Calling continue to be strong as well. The book ranked in the #4 spot on the aforementioned Top 50 books list.

You can order The Casual Vacancy in paperback via Amazon at this link. The paperback release (pictured above) includes an entirely new cover than the bright red and yellow one we saw last year.

Thanks to The Bookseller for the stats.

  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    That’s pretty awesome. I still never read it. I was going to, but its not really something I’m interested in other than the fact that JK Rowling wrote it.

    • Gilad Winogron

      It’s a very good book. It’s feels like watching an ensemble drama on the BBC.

    • hpboy13

      Don’t bother, it’s terrible. Just reread HP again, much more worthwhile use of time.

      • Astoria Redfern

        It wasn’t terrible. It was different than HP.

    • Me

      And that’s legitimate. I think most of the negative reviews were because Rowling fans read and were pissed it wasn’t Potter.

      • Astoria Redfern

        I enjoyed it. It wasn’t meant to be HP, and I wasn’t expecting it to be anything like it.

  • Nicki

    Feels good to contribute to getting a JK Rowling book up there again :) bought the weekend Cuckoo came out, as I’m in no rush to read them however I much I love her. I’m 70% through and am very surprised by how much I’m enjoying it. I’ve even downloaded the kindle app on my phone so I can sneak more reading in at my work desk! Very gritty but the characters are so vivid you can’t help but want to know what happens next, whether you like them or hate them. She’s a brilliant storyteller.

  • Han

    That picture that you used for this article – I live near there!

  • Jeff Dodge

    Let’s not start the Casual Vacancy hate all over again. If you didn’t like it, then it wasn’t for you. But for those of us who found it to be a great read, we’ll be content knowing we’re overall J.K. Rowling fans instead of just Harry Potter fans. lol. (Just a joke, people–maybe.)

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