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To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

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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.

Despite dealing with the serious themes of rape and racial inequality amongst others, the novel is renowned for its warmth and comedy. Published in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird won the Pulitzer Prize for Harper Lee . It was instantly successful becoming a classic of modern American literature studied in classrooms around the world, but beloved of children and adults alike. It’s said that reading it as a child and re-reading it as an adult reward with a quite different appreciation of its appeal. British librarians ranked the book ahead of the Bible as one "every adult should read before they die". Need I say more?


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