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#1083134 - Tue Feb 03 2015 06:05 PM Go Set A Watchman
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After 55 years Harper Lee "To Kill A Mockingbird" sequel will be released in July it's called "Go Set A Watchman" which will follow an adult Scout Finch

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#1083257 - Thu Feb 05 2015 12:03 AM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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I am excited about this! smile I am wondering how long it will be to come out as an audio book and who would get to read it.

This was an interesting story about it all.
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/03/harper-lee-new-novel-to-kill-a-mockingbird

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#1083448 - Fri Feb 06 2015 03:29 AM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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I've already placed my name on a waiting list for this through my favourite bookseller!

Edited to add: "To Kill a Mocking Bird" is both my favourite book and my favourite movie. I've loved this book since I read it in high school and it is one of the very few books I have read multiple times.


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#1083455 - Fri Feb 06 2015 06:50 AM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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I wonder how many funtrivia questions now need editing? Who knew they would suffer from timestamping? laugh

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#1083464 - Fri Feb 06 2015 07:57 AM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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Originally Posted By: Chavs
I wonder how many funtrivia questions now need editing? Who knew they would suffer from timestamping? laugh


Would you believe I had that exact same thought when I first heard this? grin
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#1083467 - Fri Feb 06 2015 09:57 AM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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Believe me, so did the Lit editors.....

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#1083506 - Fri Feb 06 2015 02:15 PM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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I read somewhere that it's already the #1 bestseller for the week one day after the announcement.

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#1083523 - Fri Feb 06 2015 05:49 PM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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A first print run of 2 million, if that is true, Wow!
Also the fact that this book was written first,
and 'To KIll A Mocking BIrd', was suggested
by her editor as a prequel, knock me down with a feather!

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#1083533 - Fri Feb 06 2015 08:36 PM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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I'm very excited about this! I can't wait to read that book.
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#1083793 - Mon Feb 09 2015 04:54 AM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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Originally Posted By: zorba_scank
Originally Posted By: Chavs
I wonder how many funtrivia questions now need editing? Who knew they would suffer from timestamping? laugh


Would you believe I had that exact same thought when I first heard this? grin



I admit I thought this too. Now the question is, who will be the first person to write a question or a quiz on the new book?

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#1084192 - Thu Feb 12 2015 03:28 PM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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what I find odd is that a novel, supposedly "missing" since before I was born, has suddenly come to light. I can only hope that Harper Lee (who is now at least 88) is not being taken advantage of.

She's living in assisted housing in some dinky town in Alabama. If she's a heroine to you, you'd be better off sending her money directly, because that would be more than she will receive royalty-wise on something she obviously didn't want published within the last 60 years. There is something fishy about this whole thing.


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#1084262 - Fri Feb 13 2015 05:39 AM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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Originally Posted By: Jakeroo
what I find odd is that a novel, supposedly "missing" since before I was born, has suddenly come to light. I can only hope that Harper Lee (who is now at least 88) is not being taken advantage of.

She's living in assisted housing in some dinky town in Alabama. If she's a heroine to you, you'd be better off sending her money directly, because that would be more than she will receive royalty-wise on something she obviously didn't want published within the last 60 years. There is something fishy about this whole thing.



The "dinky town" is the one she grew up in. There was more than copy of her original novel, To Set a Watchman. It was at the suggestion of an editor that rewrote it and it became To Kill a Mockingbird. From what I've read, the Watchman manuscript was found with a copy of the Mockingbird manuscript. Her sister, who died last fall at the age of 103, had an original manuscript of Mockingbird in her safety deposit box. Or the Watchman manuscript was found in the family home, which was owned by Harper Lee's sister.

According to people that visit her on a regular basis, very longtime friends, she is aware the manuscript is being published. If she didn't want it published, she could stop it.

As for potential royalties, she currently gets approximately half a million dollars a year now from sales of To Kill a Mockingbird.

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#1084494 - Sun Feb 15 2015 09:37 AM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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I wonder how many funtrivia questions now need editing? Who knew they would suffer from timestamping? laugh


Have already received my first correction note on my quiz "Literary One Hit Wonders". I wrote back to the effect that it would be premature to amend the question prior to the book's release - particularly since the question has been raised about authenticity.


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#1101019 - Fri Jul 03 2015 01:45 AM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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I am really hoping that a small cadre of people who will benefit greatly from this book's release aren't taking advantage of Harper Lee. She suffered a stroke recently, and she is 89 after all...

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jul/02/harper-lee-go-set-a-watchman-manuscript-discovery
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#1102024 - Sun Jul 12 2015 04:59 PM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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I don't think she is being taken advantage of. She was certainly aware enough to insist the book be published as it stands, no editorial "prettying up". I've ordered it and I think it will give a whole new slant to Mockingbird

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#1102035 - Sun Jul 12 2015 08:49 PM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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From what I've heard reported over the last few days and was alluded to here is that the 'new' book was actually written before "...Mockingbird" and it is essentially the same story just a different name. So, I'd say she was still a one hit wonder.
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#1102057 - Mon Jul 13 2015 02:43 AM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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One thing is certain, some people are going to make a lot of money out of this. I don't recall so much excitement around a book since the very last Harry Potter came out.

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#1102065 - Mon Jul 13 2015 05:46 AM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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I don't believe it's at all "essentially the same story." Watchman revolves around Scout's (now just Jean Louise) return to her hometown 20 years after the events in Mockingbird and the personal, political, and cultural issues she faces in Alabama in the 1950s. There are flashbacks to her childhood and those, apparently, were the impetus for Harper Lee to write Mockingbird.

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#1102066 - Mon Jul 13 2015 06:30 AM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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The first chapter is online. There are echoes of the writing style from Mockingbird. And something that surprised me. I hope it's addressed later in the book.

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#1102077 - Mon Jul 13 2015 09:47 AM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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I should get the book from Amazon tomorrow, so I'd better get cracking and finish the book I'm reading now!

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#1102082 - Mon Jul 13 2015 10:06 AM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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I ordered a copy at Waterstones in February, so will collect it as soon as I travel home later in the week.
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#1102094 - Mon Jul 13 2015 03:50 PM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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Mine should arrive tomorrow, and I've cleared the decks ready to dive in

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#1102127 - Tue Jul 14 2015 09:45 AM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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Originally Posted By: Copago
I am excited about this! smile I am wondering how long it will be to come out as an audio book and who would get to read it.

This was an interesting story about it all.
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/03/harper-lee-new-novel-to-kill-a-mockingbird





Reese Witherspoon reads it for the audio book. It's important to remember that Go Set a Watchman is not a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. Yes, some of the characters are the same but it's not a sequel.

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#1102148 - Tue Jul 14 2015 02:22 PM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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I've got mine smile

It didn't come by regular mail, which disappointed me. But two hours later, there was a knock on the door and there it was! After I signed for it of course. The mail carrier said that's all he's doing today, delivering it to the local schools, library, and to people.

I love the smell of new books smile

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#1102149 - Tue Jul 14 2015 02:59 PM Re: Go Set A Watchman
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I'm sad--normally Amazon sends out pre-ordered books so they arrive the day they're released. For some reason "Watchman" wasn't shipped until today so won't arrive until Thursday. I'll just have to read another book in the interim!

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