We were thrilled when the long-awaited second novel from HARPER LEE, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, published 56 years ago, hit the shelves six months ago.
Have you read it yet?
Go Set a Watchman (Random House) is the novel Lee, now 89, wrote before To Kill a Mockingbird. Set some 20 years later, it features the original heroine Scout (Jean Louise Finch) as a young woman who’s returning to the Southern town of Maycomb to visit her lawyer-father, Atticus.
Lee, who famously shunned publicity, gave this explanation of the origins of her new book: In the mid-1950s, I completed a novel called Go Set a Watchman. It features the character known as Scout as an adult woman, and I thought it a pretty decent effort. My editor, who was taken by the flashbacks to Scout’s childhood, persuaded me to write a novel from the point of view of the young Scout. I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told.
She said she was humbled and amazed that her original novel has been published after all these years.
Like her heroine Scout, Nelle Harper Lee (she dropped Nelle when she was published) grew up in a small Southern town – Monroeville, Alabama – and also had a lawyer-father. Like Scout, Lee was a tomboy, and one of her friends was Truman Capote. She based the character of Dill Harris,
Our December holiday will be entirely focused on relaxing. We’ll be leaving deep imprints in our pool chairs, and drinking too much wine. These festivities start off in Franschhoek, and then we head off to Kenton-on-Sea. MY HOLIDAY READING I’ll be taking the latest Justin Cartwright novel, Up Against the Night (Bloomsbury). He doesn’t overcook things when writing. Next, I’ll read Claire Robertson’s The Magistrate of Gower (Umuzi) there’s a lot of terrific, interesting work coming from SA novelists; I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this one. John’s book, The Space Between the Space Between (Random House Struik), is out now.
SALLY ANDREW lives with her partner, artist Bowen Boshier, in the Klein Karoo.
KATHRYN WHITE currently lives between Cape Town and Joburg. First, I’ll be heading to our family cottage in Scarborough, and then joining friends at a house in Simon’s Town. There will be 10 of us, and we’re looking forward to margaritas on the deck! MY HOLIDAY READING I’ve read about the incredible writing in Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies (Random House), so it’s on my list. Then, for a little bit of feminism through comedy, there’s Tina Fey’s Bossypants (Little, Brown), and Amy Poehler’s Yes Please (Pan Macmillan). Kathryn’s Anna Peters’ Year of Cooking Dangerously (Umuzi) is out now. I’m particularly looking forward to reading A God in Ruins, as I love everything that Kate Atkinson writes’ JOJO MOYES lives in Essex with her husband and three kids.
We’re off to Los Angeles, which will be part-work, part-holiday, but will hopefully feel like 100% holiday. Our daughter, who’s 17, and our sons, aged 14 and 10, have never been, so, with LA’s brilliant climate, we’ve gone a bit mad and rented a house on the beach with an actual hot tub on the roof, which is making us just a little bit giddy! We’re very excited about waking up overlooking the Pacific Ocean and doing all the Los Angeles stuff, like the movie-studio tours. We’re also going to travel up the coast to La Jolla, one of my favourite places, to see the sea lions and pelicans, which just sit on the beach.
MY HOLIDAY READING I’m particularly looking forward to the new Kate Atkinson – A God in Ruins (Transworld Publishers) – because I love everything she writes. Also Lisa Jewell’s The Girls (Century), because she is moving into fascinating, more complex psychological territory with each book. I’ll also be rereading Polly Samson’s The Kindness (Bloomsbury).
It’s so cleverly constructed, and I want to work out how she did it.
Jojo’s Me Before You (Michael Joseph) and the sequel, After You (Penguin), are both out now.
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