Tuesday 20 March 2018

On the trail of Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee's second novel has so far been the most-anticipated literary event of the year, and it has shone a new spotlight on the author of To Kill a Mockingbird.

We've learned that Harper Lee, now 89, has returned from New York to live in the tiny town of Monroeville in Alabama, where she grew up and where she set her Pulitzer Prize-winning story of racism in America's deep south.

Monroeville is a town of 7,000 people, more than two dozen churches, and very few tourist attractions. However, every year about 30,000 visitors from around the world descend on the town in the hope of catching a glimpse of their literary heroine.

Now, with the release of Harper Lee's second novel, Go Set a Watchman, even more visitors are expected. www.alabama.travel

Sunday Independent

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