Time to gather some of the latest leading pieces about Rowling, most of them surrounding the release of her new novel, The Casual Vacancy. If I missed anything, do link it in the comments!
Alongside Ian Parker’s NYT piece, linked here a couple of days ago, Rowling gave out two other major interviews with advance review copies. The first was with Decca Aitkenhead from The Guardian; Ms. Aitkenhead is clearly more of a fan than Mr. Parker, and wrote an enthusiastic piece. The other was with Carol Memmott of USA Today, and it’s also an enjoyable read; more restrained reporting than the other two, less editorial commentary.
Other reviews are starting to surface. The Associated Press has one which has landed on several news sites. Christopher Brookmyre of The Telegraph suggests British Conservative party leader David Cameron ought to avoid the book “as he is unlikely to enjoy seeing his notion of the “Big Society” being so savagely eviscerated.” Sherryl Connelly at the New York Daily News said it “…isn’t dreadful. It’s just dull” and complained of apparently intense amounts of sex and profanity.
As Rowling’s current news doesn’t get mention without reference to the Potter legacy, MSNBC has picked up on a comment suggesting Rowling may write more books set in the Wizarding World. And Blastr’s Nathalie Caron notes Rowling’s suggestion that she’d like to do a ‘director’s cut’ edit on a couple of the books.