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Go set a watchman

Go set a watchman

Lee, Harper

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

Book. English. General.
Published London: William Heinemann, 2015
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Statement of responsibility: Harper Lee
ISBN: 1785150286, 9781785150289
Physical Description: 278 pages ; 24 cm
Subject: Southern States History 1951- Fiction.

Author note

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 ofTo Kill a Mockingbirdand 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 Watchmanshakes the settled view of both an author and her novel.This publication intensifies the regret that Harper Lee published so little."
Guardian||"Go Set a Watchmanis the more radical, ambitious and politicised of the two novels Lee has now published.It has contemporary relevance whereMockingbirdis safely sealed off as a piece of American history.It does not undermineMockingbirdbut it makes a reassessment of that story absolutely necessary.It is a book of enormous literary interest.Beguiling and distinctive, and reminiscent ofMockingbird.Go Set a Watchmancan't be dismissed as literary scraps from Lee's' imagination. It has too much integrity for that."
Independent||"More edgy and thought provoking [thanTo 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."
The Times||"The flashes of lyrical genius and ability to evoke the intensity of childhood play that come to fruition inTo Kill a Mockingbirdare in evidence.It's nowhere near the novelMockingbirdis. It is much better than that.WhatWatchmantells us, and tells us rather powerfully, is that racism is not confined to people who are so clearly not like us.Watchmanis 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."
New Statesman||"I'm happy to report that most of the caveats and conspiracy theories surroundingGo Set a Watchmanmelt 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."
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."
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 précis of their vapid conversation is hilarious, feminist and wickedly modern."
Independent on Sunday||"Go Set A Watchmanis 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."
Daily Express||"A literary masterpiece, and an enjoyable one at that."
Sun||"Equally significant today, and imbued with Lee's wisdom, humanity and humour."