We'll find out September 27th if the author of possibly the most successful series of novels in history can tackle an adult audience. Rowling's publisher, Little, Brown & Co, announced the release date Thursday, along with a few details about the book. A Casual Vacancy is a dark comedy, set in a small English village with a sudden vacancy on its town council. The battle to fill the open seat turns into a war, with young challenging old, rich battling poor, and husbands facing off with their wives [and you thought that sort of thing only happened in American politics].

One question not answered in the released information: will Rowling feel obliged to include an almost-mandatory feature of modern novels - a gripping sex scene or two [or more; see 50 Shades Of Grey. But only if you're an adult]?

All will be revealed September 27th. Please be patient...