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Chosen by April 2011 Guest Editor Sharon Dogar: "A master class in how to write fictionalised memoir. Place, time and character are all brilliantly put together to make a story that grips, entertains and gently informs. I was completely at one with Scout in not seeing the point of going to school. I could already read, so what else would I ever need? I first read it when I was about twelve. As I grow and re-read it, so my love and understanding of each character changes. It has my favourite piece of dialogue ever. When Jem offers old Mrs Maud a piece of gum, she gently refuses, with the words : ‘I won’t thank you very much Jem Finch, I find it cleaves to my palette and renders me speechless.’ Wonderful."
'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.
You can download a reading pack to accompany To Kill a Mockingbird, made in association with Amnesty International, here.
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 in the now familiar Southern tradition Sunday Times
Her book is lifted...into the rare company of those that linger in the memory... Bookman
|Publication date:||4th June 2015|
|Suitable for:||13+ readers, YA readers|
|Other Categories:||Bookshelf Essentials|
Nelle Harper Lee was born on April 28 1926 in Monroeville Alabama, a city of about 7,000 people in Monroe County, which has about 24,000 people. Monroeville is in southwest Alabama, about halfway between Montgomery and Mobile. She is the youngest of four children of Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Finch Lee. Harper Lee attended Huntingdon College 1944-45, studied law at University of Alabama 1945-49, and studied one year at Oxford University. In the 1950s she worked as a reservation clerk with Eastern Air Lines and BOAC in New York City. In order to concentrate on writing Harper Lee gave up her position with ...More About Harper Lee