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Although only two of her books - "To Kill a Mockingbird" and Go Set a Watchman - were published, Harper Lee is very much a literary icon. Born in Alabama on 28 April, 1926, Nelle Harper Lee brought the world the unforgettable characters Atticus Finch, Scout and Gem and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961.

Over 40 million copies of To Kill a Mockingbird have now been sold and the 1962 film adaptation starring Gregory Peck won four Academy Awards. Despite the success of this book, Harper Lee preferred to live a quiet life. She assisted her friend Truman Capote's research for In Cold Blood during the 1950s and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007. Go Set a Watchmen was originally billed as a continuation of Atticus and Scout's story but was later confirmed as To Kill a Mockingbird's first draft upon its release in 2015. Harper Lee died in February, 2016.



Harper Lee Books

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    Harper Lee's acclaimed To Kill a Mockingbird won a Pulitzer Prize after its publication in 1960 and is hugely influential in its exposure of racial prejudice.

    Set in the American Deep South, the story is seen through the eyes of six-year-old Scout, whose lawyer father Atticus Finch defends a young black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman.

    As Scout's family deals with the hostility and prejudice as a result of the case, there's a dawning realisation for Scout of all the inequality and injustice in her world.

    Powerful and moving, this 'Great American Novel' is a must-have addition to every reader's bookshelf and with the publication of follow-up Go Set a Watchman already one of the biggest sellers of the year, now is the perfect time to rediscover the hugely important book.
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    'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' Meet Scout, the narrator of this book. Her story is one of Deep South summers, fights at school and playing in the street. The spooky house of her mysterious neighbour, Boo Radley, sags dark and forbidding nearby. Her brother, Jem, and her friend, Dill, want to make Boo come outside. Her story is about justice. When Scout's father, a lawyer, agrees to defend a black man against an accusation by a white girl, he must battle the prejudice of the whole town. It's about imagination - not just the kind you need for childhood games. Because you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Vintage Children's Classics is a twenty-first century classics list aimed at 8-12 year olds and the adults in their lives. Discover timeless favourites from The Jungle Book and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to modern classics such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
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    One of the most eagerly awaited novels of all time, Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman is the follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Great American Novel' To Kill a Mockingbird (originally published in 1960). This audiobook edition is read by the Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon.

    Set during the mid-1950s, 20 years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird, the book catches up with the famous characters and reveals how their lives have changed... Jean Louise Finch (or Scout as you'll remember her) is heading back from New York to visit her father Atticus in Maycomb in the Deep South. As she makes this journey, she has to face up to a number of personal and political issues including her father's changing attitude towards society.

    Scout also has to grapple with her own feelings and the childhood memories that are stirred by revisiting her hometown.

    A complex and compelling book that was discovered attached to an original typescript of To Kill a Mockingbird 2014, it's one that any lover of classic fiction should make room for on their reading list.
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    From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch - 'Scout' - returns home from New York City to visit her ageing father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past - a journey that can be guided only by one's own conscience. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humour and effortless precision - a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to a classic.
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    'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird'. Atticus Finch gives this advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of this classic novel - a black man charged with attacking a white girl. Through the eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Lee explores the issues of race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s with compassion and humour. She also creates one of the great heroes of literature in their father, whose lone struggle for justice pricks the conscience of a town steeped in prejudice and hypocrisy.
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    THE ORIGINAL TEXT. '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 this classic novel - a black man charged with attacking a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s with both compassion and humour. She also creates one of the great heroes of literature in their father, Atticus, whose lone struggle for justice pricks the conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy.
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    '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. Out now as an unabridged audiobook, narrated by Sissy Spacek.
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    Estamos ante uno de los grandes acontecimientos literarios de los ultimos tiempos: la publicacion de la primera novela de Harper Lee, la admirada autora del best seller ganador del Premio Pulitzer Matar a un ruisenor. El libro fue escrito a mediados de los anos 50, y fue el primer manuscrito que Harper Lee presento a sus editores antes de Matar a un ruisenor. Este manuscrito se dio por perdido hasta que fue descubierto a finales de 2014. Ve y pon un centinela nos presenta a muchos de los personajes de Matar a un ruisenor, aunque unos veinte anos mas tarde. Jean Louise Finch Scout regresa a su hogar en Maycomb para visitar a su padre, pero tendra que enfrentarse con problemas personales y politicos que involucran a Atticus, la sociedad y al pequeno pueblo de Alabama que la vio nacer. El libro proyecta una nueva y fascinante luz sobre el clasico de Harper Lee al explorar como los personajes de Matar a un ruisenor se adaptan a los turbulentos acontecimientos que transforman a Estados Unidos a mediados de los anos 50. Esta gran autora nos deleita con una historia conmovedora, divertida y convincente. En definitiva, una magnifica novela."
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    A beautifully crafted graphic novel adaptation of Harper Lee's beloved American classic. `Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit `em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' A haunting portrait of race and class, innocence and injustice, hypocrisy and heroism, tradition and transformation in the Deep South of the 1930s, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird remains as important today as it was upon its initial publication in 1960, during the turbulent years of the Civil Rights movement. Now, this most beloved and acclaimed novel is reborn for a new age as a gorgeous graphic novel. Scout, Jem, Boo Radley, Atticus Finch and the small town of Maycomb, Alabama, are all captured in vivid and moving illustrations by artist Fred Fordham. Enduring in vision, Harper Lee's timeless novel illuminates the complexities of human nature and the depths of the human heart with humour, unwavering honesty and a tender, nostalgic beauty. Lifetime admirers and new readers alike will be touched by this special visual edition.