By ROZ DINEEN
“To Kill A Mockingbird comes from America laden with well-deserved praise” – this from the TLS of Friday October 28, 1960. “In situation and tone it has something in common with The Member of the Wedding though its development and atmosphere are more commonplace . . . the message [is] one that can stand repetition . . . ”.
A Pulitzer prize, about 40 million copies, countless exams papers and fifty-five years later, at Penguin Random House on a Tuesday afternoon, “A series of screams went up around the office”. Excited staff members having just heard that their company has acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights to Harper Lee’s next book, Go Set a Watchman.