Exciting news, To Kill A Mockingbird fans – a sequel is coming, 55 years after the award-winning original was first printed.
The major news has left jaws around the literary world hanging; the new book, titled Go Set A Watchman, will be Lee’s first published novel since her debut, and was never expected.
Don’t you just LOVE it when that happens?
The book was apparently written years ago and picks up around 20 years after where Mockingbird ends, with an adult Scout returning to Maycomb to visit her father, Atticus. Curiously, Go Set A Watchman was completed before To Kill A Mockingbird was even a twinkle in Lee’s eye, with her editor at the time apparently convincing her to rework some of the former’s scenes in order to create the latter. (If that makes any sense, whatsoever.)
Speaking about the two novels, Lee said: “I was a first-time writer [when I wrote Go Set A Watchman], so I did as I was told. … In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called Go Set a Watchman. … It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman, and I thought it a pretty decent effort.”
Lee has had to deny claims she has been ‘forced’ into releasing the manuscript, which was discovered last year by her lawyer and friend, Tonja Carter, who noted: “Lee is a very strong, independent and wise woman who should be enjoying the discovery of her long-lost novel. Instead she is having to defend her own credibility and decision-making”.
The book is due for release in July 2015 – and yes, we can confirm we are very excited to read it! Are you?