The new book, aimed at a grown-up audience, will be set in a seemingly idyllic English town called Pagford, the publisher said.
It opens with the sudden death of a popular man whose unexpected demise shocks the town, which is described as far more menacing than its pretty facade would indicate.
The publisher said that in reality Pagford is “a town at war” with rich people fighting the poor, parents battling their teenagers, and wives in conflict with their husbands.
The publisher said the book will be “blackly comic.”
It will be sold as an e-book and also as a traditional hardback volume.