American literary classic To Kill a Mockingbird is enjoying a revival among Australian readers following news of a sequel.
Go Set a Watchman, the follow-up to Harper Lee’s 1960 novel, was announced last week.
Dymocks buying manager Sophie Higgins says To Kill a Mockingbird sales have doubled since the announcement, and many adults are re-reading the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
“What I’m seeing on social media is a lot of people in their 20s to 30s who are saying they have to go back and read this book,” Ms Higgins said on Tuesday.
“These figures certainly bode well for the release of Go Set a Watchman later in the year.”
Dymocks says To Kill a Mockingbird has sold more than 1000 copies since the beginning of the year, compared with 6803 in 2014.
The sequel will be released on July 14.
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“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 rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man’s struggle for justice—but the weight of history will only tolerate so much.
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Set during the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Scout has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.