HARRY Potter author JK Rowling has gone straight to the top of the fiction charts with The Casual Vacancy, her first novel for adults.Report by BBC
It sold 124 603 copies in its first three days, 10 times more than its closest rival.
Set in a small town in the United Kingdom where a local election divides the apparently cosy community, Rowling’s new book has also divided critics.
Their comments do not appear to have put readers off buying the book, which has already become this year’s best-selling hardback fiction title, and the fastest selling since 2009’s Dan Brown hardback The Lost Symbol, which topped 550 000 in its first week.
However The Casual Vacancy has failed to touch sales of Rowling’s seven Harry Potter titles.
When the last book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was published in 2007 it sold more than 2,6 million copies in its first week in the UK.