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To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird (Paperback, New edition)

By Lee, Harper

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Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, this work explores with humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties.

ISBN 9780099419785
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Published 3 November 2001 by Cornerstone
Format Paperback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9780099419785
ISBN-10 0099419785
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Cornerstone
Imprint Arrow Books Ltd
Publication Date 3 November 2001
International Publication Date 5 October 1989
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Lee, Harper
Category Award Winning
Classic Fiction (Pub. < 1900)
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 110mm
Height: 178mm
Spine: 19mm
Weight 171g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress Afro-Americans, Southern States, Fiction, Trials (Rape), Lawyers
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade;Children/juvenile;Young adult
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code 11810

Description of this Book

'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...

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 21 2003 -- Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003 -- Short-listed for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003
NZ Review Someone rare has written this very fine novel, a writer with the liveliest sense of life and the warmest, most authentic humour. A touching book; and so funny, so likeable Truman Capote 20031022 There is humour as well as tragedy in this book, besides its faint note of hope for human nature; and it is delightfully written in the now familiar Southern tradition Sunday Times 20031022 Her book is lifted...into the rare company of those that linger in the memory... Bookman 20031022 No one ever forgets this book Independent
US Review A first novel, this is also a first person account of Scout's (Jean Louise) recall of the years that led to the ending of a mystery, the breaking of her brother Jem's elbow, the death of her father's enemy - and the close of childhood years. A widower, Atticus raises his children with legal dispassion and paternal intelligence, and is ably abetted by Calpurnia, the colored cook, while the Alabama town of Maycomb, in the 1930's, remains aloof to their divergence from its tribal patterns. Scout and Jem, with their summer-time companion, Dill, find their paths free from interference - but not from dangers; their curiosity about the imprisoned Boo, whose miserable past is incorporated in their play, results in a tentative friendliness; their fears of Atticus' lack of distinction is dissipated when he shoots a mad dog; his defense of a Negro accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell, is followed with avid interest and turns the rabble whites against him. Scout is the means of averting an attack on Atticus but when he loses the case it is Boo who saves Jem and Scout by killing Mayella's father when he attempts to murder them. The shadows of a beginning for black-white understanding, the persistent fight that Scout carries on against school, Jem's emergence into adulthood, Calpurnia's quiet power, and all the incidents touching on the children's growing outward have an attractive starchiness that keeps this southern picture pert and provocative. There is much advance interest in this book; it has been selected by the Literary Guild and Reader's Digest; it should win many friends. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Harper Lee was born in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. She attended Huntingdon College and studied law at the University of Alabama. She is the author of the acclaimed To Kill a Mockingbird, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and numerous other literary awards and honours. She died on 19 February 2016.

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