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J K Rowling - Writing For Grown-Ups: A Culture Show Special

The Culture Show, 2012/2013 Episode 11 of 32

Harry Potter is one of the most successful publishing phenomena of our time, selling 450 million copies. Its success has transformed author JK Rowling from an impoverished single mother into one of Britain's richest women. Since The Deathly Hallows was published in 2007, Rowling's fans have been desperate to know what she was going to do next. The answer is The Casual Vacancy, a novel for adults with some very grown-up themes. The expectation and pressure are enormous.

Although most details are shrouded in secrecy, it is known to be set in the idyllic fictional English town of Pagford, where tensions gather around a local election which follows the death of a parish councillor. James Runcie meets the notoriously private writer in her hometown of Edinburgh, where she finally reveals the exact nature of the novel, with exclusive readings and in-depth discussion about its ideas, characters and inspiration. Rowling also discusses the pressure and pitfalls of following up the biggest literary phenomenon of a generation, describing how she finally moved on from Potter and the challenges of making the leap to writing fiction for adults.

30 minutes

Last on

Fri 26 Oct 2012 02:30

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterJames Runcie
PresenterJames Runcie
Interviewed GuestJK Rowling
Series ProducerPauline Law
Series ProducerPauline Law
Series EditorJanet Lee
Series EditorJanet Lee
DirectorJude Ho
DirectorJude Ho

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