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J.K. Rowling told to stay away from village

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Mon, Oct 01, 2012 09:22 hrs
​JK Rowling

London: Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, whose first adult novel "The Casual Vacancy" shows herself proficient "at tossing out the F-word", has been told to "steer clear" of the village she grew up in because her book heaps shame on it.

The Sun said Rowling's novel portrays prostitution, drug abuse and political rows.

It is set in the fictional village of Pagford but is reportedly inspired by Tutshill in Gloucestershire where the 47-year-old Rowling spent her teenage years.

The writer described her teenage as "not a particularly happy time in my life".

The book mocks the "snobbishness" of locals, and has infuriated the people still living there.

"It's derogatory in the extreme and completely unfounded. I think the people of Tutshill are right to be most annoyed and distressed," said Tutshill councillor Brian Thornton.

Asked if Rowling should come back to see what the village was like now, he said: "I think she ought to steer clear."

Rowling, a mother of three, recently said she could not wait to get out of Tutshill.

Earlier, the nydailynews.com said Rowling shows herself proficient "at tossing out the F-word".

A long passage in the book is devoted to an exploration of online porn by two teenage boys, and what the teenagers see "is described in extremely graphic terms".

"Most of the language she uses to describe the naughty surfing is so dirty that we can't repeat it in a family newspaper," the website said.




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