The racy novel portrays prostitution, drug abuse and political rows. It is set in the fictional village of Pagford but is inspired by Tutshill in Gloucestershire where Rowling spent her teenage years, which she described as “not a particularly happy time in my life”.
The book, predicted to be one of the fastest-selling of all time, mocks the “snobbishness” of locals, infuriating those still living there.
“It’s derogatory in the extreme and completely unfounded,” Tutshill councillor Brian Thornton was quoted as saying. “I think the people of Tutshill are right to be most annoyed and distressed,” Thornton added.
Rowling’s home up for sale
JK Rowling is selling her £2.25million (Rs 19 crore) mansion where she wrote the Harry Potter series. The home boasts of eight bedrooms, but it is the office that will be of interest, as it witnessed the penning of 4 Potter books.
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