Sunday, 28 August 2016

JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy:

It's the children that pay for the sins of the father or in this case the daughter that pays for the sins of the mother. I watched The Casual Vacancy yesterday with my teen daughter and was surprised just how many strong messages JK Rowling could pack into one book all set in a small rural village in England:

"...that's social engineering, that's apartheid" says Barry Fairbrother during his impassioned speech to the other Counsellors, adding, "we don't turn our backs on people in need."

In these times, when the rise of the far right and those who would blame social problems on "outsiders" is becoming more prevalent, the issues expressed here are apposite and not to be ignored (

At the end of the show my daughter casually stated, "I'm so glad you're not a drug addict or alcoholic, mum."

"Thank you darling. What's your take on these issues?"

"I don't know, I've never thought about," but I could see she was starting to.

"Well, start thinking about it, sweetie, because you're almost a woman and your opinion counts for everything. You're going to be a strong woman and who knows, you might just change the world, just like JK Rowling has."

"Hmmm, maybe," and she smiled.

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