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'There's been this huge mystery'

July 10th, 2015

Episode 475 of 1744 episodes

The first chapter of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman, a previously unpublished successor to 1960's Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird, has been published online by the Guardian ahead of the book's publication next week. The book was completed in the 1950s prior to Mockingbird's creation and the original manuscript was considered lost until Autumn 2014, when it was discovered by Lee's lawyer. Claire Armitstead, head of books at the Guardian said: "There's been this huge mystery as to what it was that pre-existed To Kill a Mocking Bird." She added: "To the wider public it seemed about as likely as the Pope giving birth that Harper Lee would come up with this novel at the age of 88, when it was discovered."

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