Flash Back Fiction: Harper Lee

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Harper Lee in 1960 and in 2015

To kill a Mockingbird was Harper Lee’s debut novel. First released in 1960, it was immediately popular and incredibly successful, selling 40 million copies and winning the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. In 1962 it was adapted into an Oscar winning movie directed by Robert Mulligan.

 The book is set in America in the 1930’s and deals with issues of race, gender, and class. Is still studied in high school English classes today and has the distinction of being one of the few classics of American literature written by a women and also of being one of the first ever ‘cross-over’ novels (a book enjoyable to both a teen and adult audience).

Lee never published another book and has consistently said that she never would – until this year when the publication of a new  Harper Lee title was announced.

Go set a watchman was written before Mockingbird and is the first manuscript Lee submitted to her publishers. It was assumed lost until it was discovered in late 2014.

The exciting new novel from Harper Lee

The exciting new novel from Harper Lee


Watchman features many of the same characters from Mockingbird and is set twenty years after the events of the original novel.

“Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.” (Amazon)

Due to be released on July 14, you can reserve Go set a watchman now.


Reserve Go set a watchman here

Reserve To kill a Mockingbird here


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