“Go Set a Watchman” – the eagerly awaited Harper Lee novel

by Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on March 23, 2015 in Libraries

The announcement that Harper Collins is to publish a sequel to the enduring classic by Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird has brought great excitement around the world over the last few months. When asked at the lending desk recently by a mother looking for a modern American classic for her son to read, Mockingbird […]

The announcement that Harper Collins is to publish a sequel to the enduring classic by Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird has brought great excitement around the world over the last few months. When asked at the lending desk recently by a mother looking for a modern American classic for her son to read, Mockingbird was the first book that came to mind.

Most people have read this book in school and have loved the story of lawyer and father Atticus, who represents the watchman in the title of the new book and is taken from Isaiah 21:6: “For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.

As one online fan wrote, “For my whole adult life I have been wishing for another book by Harper Lee and satisfying that wish by reading ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ over and again. After all this time, my wish has come true!”

The announcement was also followed with controversy about whether Harper Lee was completely aware of what was going on. A statement, however, released in her name said: “I’m alive and kicking and happy as hell with the reactions to Watchman.”

Go Set a Watchman is already a bestseller reaching number one through pre-orders and although it is not available until July 2015. Lee’s second book was completed in the 1950’s and is set twenty years after Mockingbird. It follows beloved character, Scout Finch, on a homeward journey to visit her father Atticus in Maycomb County.

There is already a rumour that a movie version will be commissioned which will come as no surprise. But before then call into your local library over the summer and reserve a copy of Go Set a Watchman.

To Kill A Mockingbird and Go Set A Watchman can be reserved in your Local Fingal Library Branch or on the online catalogue.

By Ciara Farrell