This week Better Reading’s Cheryl Akle was invited on Channel 9’s the Morning Talk to talk about the controversy surrounding the release of legendary author Harper Lee’s ‘second’ novel, Go Set A Watchman. Why all the controversy around the novel from the iconic the To Kill A Mockingbird author’s novel? Find out more here.
Go Set a Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill A Mockingbird some twenty 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.
'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties.The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man's struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.To Kill A Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and a sublime example of the Southern writing tradition.Winner of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction."No one ever forgets this book" Independent"Someone rare has written this very fine novel, a writer with the liveliest sense of life and the warmest, most authentic humour. A touching book; and so funny, so likeable" Truman Capote"There is humour as well as tragedy in this book, besides its faint note of hope for human nature; and it is delightfully written" Sunday Times#4 in ABC My Favourite Book #1 in Australia's Top 100