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JK Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy' to turn into miniseries

The book will be adapted into a three-hour miniseries on HBO and BBC.

SGPC to study Rowling's book for any objectionable content

If the SGPC finds anything against the tenets of Sikh religion in British author JK Rowling's book 'The Casual Vacancy',it will take up the matter with the Centre,the religious body said today.


JK Rowling to pen new magic movie for Warner Bros

JK Rowling will write a screenplay for a film which is an extension of the wizarding world.

Speakeasy: Harry Potter,finacial wizard

The Casual Vacancy is out,formally signalling the end of the magical Harry Potter era.

Come Back,Harry!

JK Rowling continues to conjure up new worlds with finesse,but the muggles of The Casual Vacancy are too miserable to love

Now,J K Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy' enrages Sikhs

Novel is facing protests in India over its portrayal of a Sikh girl,who is teased for her hairy skin.


Did ‘vast research’ on Sikhism: J K Rowling

Press Trust of India London,September 28 Celebrated author J K Rowling,whose latest book has a Sikh family at the heart of a fictional village in south-west England called Pagford,says she did a “vast amount of research” on Sikhism — and it shows in the book titled ‘The Casual Vacancy.’ Answering questions from journalists and others at a book-reading event at the Southbank Centre here last night,Rowling,47,said that when she was in her mid-twenties she knew a Sikh woman who sparked her interest in Sikhism. It remained with her all along,so the only non-white family in the book “had to be Sikhs”,she said. Rowling said she was particularly struck by the egalitarian principles of the religion,and wove in a Sikh family as one of the central features of the book published by Little,Brown Book Group (RPT Little,Brown Book Group). “I wanted the Sikh family at the heart of Pagford,and I wanted them to be second generation Britons. So they are insiders and outsiders simultaneously. In the book,it is Sikhism that provides religious morality,not the Church of England,which is represented by an empty church,” Rowling said. Early Indian-origin readers of the book released yesterday morning said they were impressed by the way the Sikh family and Sikhism had been treated in the book. The book devotes considerable attention to Guru Nanak,Guru Granth Sahib,Khalsa,and the “night-time prayer,kirtan sohila.” London-based media consultant Mimmy Jain,who grew up in Punjab,told PTI: “I was happily surprised to find that JK Rowling had done her research pretty well. There are no Hindu-Muslim or North-South name mismatches of the kind that make me shudder in the work of most Western authors who want to add a bit of curry to their books.” She added: “I liked her treatment of Sukhwinder,the only one in a high achieving family who is stuck because she is dyslexic. Of course,it’s the parts about the kids — all of them — that really stand out in the book.” The book has received mixed early reviews,while the jury is out whether Rowling has succeeded in switching from the literary genre of children books to a novel explicitly marketed as one for adults. She said she welcomed legitimate criticism,but it all “depends on who is writing the reviews.”

JK Rowling avoids Casual Vacancy reviews

The release of The Casual Vacancy is one of the highlights of the publishing calendar this year.

JK Rowling did 'vast research' on Sikhism for 'The Casual Vacancy'

JK Rowling's latest book has a Sikh family at the heart of a fictional village in England.

J K Rowling's new novel hits the shelves

Pre-release sales of the book titled 'The Casual Vacancy' were the highest of any book this year.