To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee has long been a staple of the Irish Junior Cert curriculum and has been read by millions all over the world. The story of racial prejudice in America’s deep south will finally have a sequel, 55 years after its publication.
The follow-up novel, called ‘Go Set A Watchman’ will feature many of the same characters as the iconic original and will be only the second book every published by author Harper Lee. The 1960 novel introduced the world to the heroic lawyer Atticus Finch who defends a black man falsely accused of rape in the midst of the deeply racist society of 1930s Alabama.
The book was made into a classic film starring Gregory Peck just two years after its publication and it has been required reading for thousands of Junior Cert students. Harper Lee has long been famed for writing only one book and yet having an enormous impact on literature and popular culture.
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