The tale of a young boy faced with the harsh reality of strong prejudice, abuse and stereotypes of his typical 50’s deep southern town. The novels follows the intense struggle of a black man accused of raping a white girl, against the back drop of Alabama during the Great Depression, who only finds compassion through his attorney Atticus Finch and his young son.
Harper Lee’s hugely successful, ground breaking novel is now 50 and has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies world wide, won a Pulitzer Prize and spawned a popular film. Reclusive egnimatic author Harper Lee very rarely indulges in interviews and hardly ever chooses to comment on her influential novel, the last time she spoke at length publicly was in 1964 when she told the author Roy Newquist that she “never expected any sort of success with Mockingbird”… “I didn’t expect the book to sell in the first place. I was hoping for a quick and merciful death at the hands of reviewers”.