J.K. Rowling's new book to become BBC TV series

J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, will be adapted into a TV drama by the British Broadcasting Corporation.

It's a dark, gritty story about modern life in a small British town that's upended when a local council election dredges up old rivalries and class tensions.

jk-rowling-book-148.jpgBBC drama controller Ben Stephenson called the book "an extraordinary tapestry of modern Britain" full of "humour, social commentary and above all fantastic characters."

Rowling said the BBC was the "perfect home" for The Casual Vacancy.

It's not clear how many episodes the series will be, but the BBC said the adaptation is scheduled to air in 2014.

Rowling's first post-Harry Potter novel was released in September and has topped bestseller charts around the world.

-With files from the Associated Press

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