When we got home from California (where I had been reading another book... review to come in a week of two) and this book was waiting for me at the library. For those of you who read and don't go to the library I HIGHLY recommend it. Free books... free entertainment. There's nothing better! I took the book out and started reading it right away. The only problem was after the first 10 pages I was having trouble sticking with it. There are so many characters. Who's Miles? Who's Howard? How are they related? The book is based in a small town in England. In the first chapter Barry Fairbrother dies and he holds a seat on town council. Once the seat is not filled they call that a casual vacancy, hence the title. The book goes through who is going to fill it. One of the interesting things about it is the 'socialist" part of the book. There is a "bad" side of town that the council is trying to take out of there jursidication. JK Rowling presents many of the pros of helping society to giving everyone opportunity.
Not the best book I've ever read, but definitely a good one.