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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Book sales set to rocket for Mockingbird sequel

Legendary author Harper Lee
Legendary author Harper Lee
Harper Lee

Book sales in Ireland are expected to go through the roof with the sequel of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Award-winning author Harper Lee (88) penned the sequel years ago, but it was only recently discovered.

The second novel is set to be published this summer, 55 years on from her last publication.

Entitled Go Set a Watchman, it was written before To Kill A Mockingbird, but the manuscript was lost until last autumn.

It's believed that Harper Lee's sister was unknowingly in possession of the manuscript, and a lawyer came across it upon her passing.

The recently discovered novel is set 20 years later with Scout, the young protagonist in To Kill a Mockingbird now 20 years older.

Eason book purchasing manager Stephen Boylan said that the Pulitzer Prize-winning book still sells around 10,000 copies in Ireland annually, and he is expecting an increase in sales with the release of the sequel.

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"It still sells around 10,000 copies every year in Ireland. When people talk about sales potentially, the legacy is huge and interest in the book will be enormous," he said.

"Many people who read the book many years ago may want to pick it up, and it's still a text book, but people who read it in school may also want to read it again."

Harper Lee currently lives in an assisted living facility due to being partially blind and deaf.

Bord Gais Energy will this summer play host to the stage adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird.

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