Harper Lee

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - READING CORNER -



It won a Pulitzer Prize, has sold about 40 mil­lion copies and, in my hum­ble opin­ion, To Kill a Mock­ing­bird is one of the best nov­els ever writ­ten. Dreamy in tone and harder hit­ting in its con­tent, it was pub­lished in 1960, and its themes of racism and prej­u­dice con­tinue to res­onate. Harper Lee never wrote another novel but then, in 2015, an ear­lier draft of this best seller was pub­lished, very con­tro­ver­sially.

It’s called Go Set a Watch­man and is best avoided (it’s ter­ri­ble!). In­stead, stick with this care­fully crafted tale of Scout and Jem, two chil­dren in Amer­ica’s deep south dur­ing the De­pres­sion, whose lawyer fa­ther At­ti­cus is called on to de­fend an African Amer­i­can man ac­cused of rap­ing a white woman. I read it first as a teenager and have cher­ished it ever since.

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