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Friday, 17 July 2015

Now in stock: Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman

Harper Lee's much anticipated novel, Go Set a Watchman, came out on Tuesday!

The ethics surrounding the publication of Go Set a Watchman (an investigation into elder abuse concluded that the writer is totally competent at 88) and how it may effect Lee's legacy have been widely discussed. Given that it's Lee's first published work in 55 years and that it's been slated as a sequel to the seminal, Pulitzer Prize winning To Kill a Mockingbird it has big shoes to fill. But the sales figures speak volumes! On its first day on the shelf it broke the Barnes and Noble one-day sales record beating an astounding 1 million copies of The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (who is probably crying now).

Set 20 years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird, a grown Jean Louise (Scout) returns to her hometown to find her father - the beloved Atticus Finch - a changed man from the one she remembers. Breaking with the illusions of childhood and the personal and political implications of this revelation is an undeniably powerful premise. Critics may be divided but the jury is still out - and should remain so until you've had a chance to read it too! Come get a copy at the shop.


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