JK Rowling based her Casual Vacancy character on me, says man who set author on the road to riches - Telegraph

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Killing Off Her Past

Barry Cunningham, founder-director of The Chicken House, but once an editor at Bloomsbury, where he worked with Rowling, believes there is a character based on him in The Casual Vacancy:

Barry Cunningham, the editor who published the first Harry Potter book, believes that the character of Barry Fairbrother is based on him and is Rowling's joky way of "killing off" links to her past as a children's author. "I can't believe it's a coincidence," he said of Rowling's choice of name for Barry, a parish councillor whose death triggers a bitter local election. "To have your early editor disposed of in your first adult book can hardly be an accident." Cunningham said he believed the death symbolises "leaving your editor behind as you move to adult books".

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