REALLY Enjoyed the story and characters. Reviews elsewhere give weight to f-word and, some think, socialist views--gawd no. The story illuminates society but those comments are off-base--unless you have a problem with witnessing characters struggle with concept of love thy neighbour? As for the f-word, consider context!--husband's family's from Aus via Liverpool and the effin'-and-blindin' in the book's dialogue is authentic, cultural lingo. Well written and edited, scenes jump off the page in vivid British television-style of the best kind. You feel like you've been somewhere and had a stimulating chat about things that matter. If you like character fiction with a story-line that comes in satisfying short-story chunks, you will enjoy the Casual Vacancy.