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Already having baby-naming regret? Don’t worry – look to the past for alternative role models. Still of Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). Universal Pictures

What’s in a name? Atticus Finch and his Roman forebears

Some parents have been horrified to discover that, in Harper Lee’s new book, Atticus Finch – long admired as a paragon of virtue – is a racist. Why? Because their kids are named after him. So, what now?
Anyone who thought Go Set a Watchman would solve the ‘delicious mystery’ of Harper Lee was dreaming. Akki annant

The third book – Harper Lee may indeed have another ace up her sleeve

Talk of a possible third book to follow this week's release of Go Set a Watchman suggests the 'delicious mystery' of Harper Lee will continue for years to come. So what basis is there for the rumours?
The Atticus of To Kill a Mockingbird and the ‘new’ Atticus of Go Set a Watchman come across as caricatures in today’s context. Galaxy fm/flickr

The irrelevancy of Go Set a Watchman

The hoopla surrounding the novel's release is misguided; after all, how much power could a novel written 50 years ago wield in today's charged environment?
What does the opening chapter of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman tell us about what’s to come? anyjazz65

A long-lost friend reborn: what we can expect from Go Set a Watchman

Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee, is one of the most anticipated follow-ups in history, to be published next week after a 55-year hiatus. So what does the opening chapter prime us to expect?
Harper Lee, pictured circa 1962, has announced a return to the literary world. Wikimedia Commons

To Kill a Mockingbird, My Brilliant Career and long-lost ‘sequels’

By now there can be few people who don’t know Harper Lee’s supposedly long-lost manuscript, Go Set a Watchman, will be published in July. It will be the first book published by Lee since To Kill a Mockingbird…
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Harper Lee receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush in 2007. Larry Downing/Reuters

What should readers look for in Harper Lee’s new novel?

The announcement of the upcoming publication of Go Set a Watchman – a sequel to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird actually written before the famous novel – has, not surprisingly, set off a flurry of…
Lee’s second novel, Go Set a Watchman, will have a more adult centre of gravity. Chris Burke

Harper Lee’s gamble could undermine her Mockingbird

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, has sold tens of millions of copies worldwide, and was voted The Greatest Novel of All Time in a London Daily Telegraph poll of 2008…

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