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Harper Lee
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Go Set a Watchman

Harper Lee


Random House

Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


320 pages

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ABBEY'S CHOICE JULY 2015 ----- Any announcement from renowned reclusive author Harper Lee was going to capture our attention. But the announcement of a 'lost' novel has set the literary world - and Abbey's Bookshop - alight. To Kill a Mockingbird regularly sits atop reader lists as one of 'the best books of all time' and so the release of this sequel is sure to add additional fireworks to Bastille Day on 14 July 2015, the official publication date.

It was written in the mid-1950s, but then held back by the publisher, set aside and somehow forgotten. It is now published just as it was found, without additional editing. Lee has described it as 'a pretty decent effort' and flatly rejected suggestions she was coerced into having it published, saying 'I’m alive and kicking and happy as hell with the reaction'.

Go Set A Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill A Mockingbird, some 20 years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father's attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood. An instant classic!

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street, Sydney

By:   Harper Lee
Imprint:   Random House
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 243mm,  Width: 164mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   577g
ISBN:   9781785150289
ISBN 10:   1785150286
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   July 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Harper Lee was born in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. She attended Huntingdon College and studied law at the University of Alabama. She is the author of To Kill a Mockingbird and has been awarded numerous literary awards including the Pulitzer Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

A new work, and a pleasure, revelation and genuine literary event...Go Set a Watchman shakes the settled view of both an author and her novel...This publication intensifies the regret that Harper Lee published so little. -- Mark Lawson * Guardian * Go Set a Watchman is the more radical, ambitious and politicised of the two novels Lee has now published...It has contemporary relevance where Mockingbird is safely sealed off as a piece of American history...It does not undermine Mockingbird but it makes a reassessment of that story absolutely necessary...It is a book of enormous literary interest...Beguiling and distinctive, and reminiscent of Mockingbird...Go Set a Watchman can't be dismissed as literary scraps from Lee's' imagination. It has too much integrity for that. -- Arifa Akbar * Independent * More edgy and thought provoking [than To Kill a Mockingbird] ... It has a power to it beyond being a mere historical curio or more lit crit material for Harper Lee studies... Eccentric characters are brightly drawn. There is Lee's trademark warmth, some droll lines and the sense of place and time is strong...[It has] a surprisingly provocative message - don't airily dismiss the prejudices of others, try to understand them. -- Robbie Millen * The Times * The flashes of lyrical genius and ability to evoke the intensity of childhood play that come to fruition in To Kill a Mockingbird are in evidence...It's nowhere near the novel Mockingbird is. It is much better than that...What Watchman tells us, and tells us rather powerfully, is that racism is not confined to people who are so clearly not like us...Watchman is for grown-ups. It asks serious questions about what racism is. And it comes at a time when American desperately needs a grown-up conversation about race. -- Erica Wagner * New Statesman * I'm happy to report that most of the caveats and conspiracy theories surrounding Go Set a Watchman melt away as you read the opening chapters and reacquaint yourself with that beguiling Harper Lee narrative style - warm, sardonic, amused by male folly and social pretension, wryly funny, a sassy Southern voice, Mark Twain with a dash of Katharine Hepburn. -- John Walsh * Sunday Times * We have travelled into the past and returned to find that our present is not quite the same as we left it. Atticus Finch will never again be the white knight we once thought him. And yet the mockingbird still sings - no longer a song of innocence, but maybe one of experience; a song that combines sorrow, forgiveness - and, ultimately, a kind of hope. -- Joanne Harris * Daily Mail * There are some flashes of genius...My favourite scene is at a coffee , where our rebellious Scout must make small talk with a bunch of married former acquaintances whom she deliberately hasn't seen since school. Lee's precis of their vapid conversation is hilarious, feminist and wickedly modern. -- Katy Guest * Independent on Sunday * Go Set A Watchman is a powerful and moving novel... The opening chapters are slow and languorous, beautifully setting the scene. Lee's unadorned style is lit up by the occasional sparkling metaphor. -- Vanessa Berridge * Daily Express * A literary masterpiece, and an enjoyable one at that. -- Natasha Harding * Sun * Equally significant today, and imbued with Lee's wisdom, humanity and humour. -- Justine East * Independent *

  • Short-listed for British Book Industry Awards Fiction Book of the Year 2016
  • Short-listed for Waterstones Book of the Year 2015
  • Shortlisted for Bookseller Industry Awards Fiction Book of the Year 2016.
  • Shortlisted for British Book Industry Awards Fiction Book of the Year 2016.
  • Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year 2015.
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