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Go Set a Watchman by Harper LeeGo Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Wherever you are headed, we want you to enjoy your journey, so this summer we have partnered with book publisher Penguin Random House to transport you to 1950s Alabama with the bestselling novel, Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.

Enjoy an exclusive audio extract of the novel, read by Reese Witherspoon and join Jean Louise Finch – ‘Scout’ – as she returns home to Maycomb from New York City some twenty years after she left.

Written in the mid-1950s but recently discovered, Go Set a Watchman is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity and passion by the author of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Book Synopsis

From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch – ‘Scout’ – returns home from New York City to visit her ageing father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past – a journey that can be guided only by one’s own conscience.

Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of effortless precision – a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context and new meaning to a classic.

Just for our customers we have an exclusive audiobook extract read by Reese Witherspoon, simply click here to download and listen.

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Get a FREE copy of the audiobook

If you enjoyed this exclusive extract we have teamed up with Audible to offer you a FREE audiobook of Go Set a Watchman. Simply follow this link to the Audible site to find out more. Terms and conditions apply.

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WIN one of five pairs of First Class tickets on Gatwick Express

To celebrate our partnership with Go Set a Watchman we are offering you the chance to win a pair of first class return tickets for your next journey with us.

To start your holiday in real style, relax in our large, comfortable chairs in First Class and gain free entry into the No.1 Traveller Airport Lounge at Gatwick Airport, simply click here for your chance to win.

Enter here for your chance to be our lucky winners!

The competition is now closed.

Book reviews

"A new work, and a pleasure, revelation and genuine literary event . . . Go Set a Watchman shakes the settled view of both an author and her novel . . . Mark Lawson, Guardian

‘Beguiling and distinctive, and reminiscent of Mockingbird’ Independent

‘Reacquaint yourself with that beguiling Harper Lee narrative style ― warm, sardonic, amused by male folly and social pretension, wryly funny, a sassy Southern voice, Mark Twain with a dash of Katharine Hepburn.’ Sunday Times

About Harper Lee

Harper Lee was born in 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama. She attended Huntingdon College and studied law at the University of Alabama. She is the author of the acclaimed To Kill a Mockingbird, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and numerous other literary awards and honours. She died on 19 February 2016.

Competition Terms and conditions

  1. The closing date for entries is at 16:30 on 31 July 2016
  2. The prize is one of five pairs of First Class ticket for the Gatwick Express
  3. Only one entry per person
  4. No purchase necessary
  5. Entry is open to UK residents aged 18 or over, and excludes anyone connected with the administration of the competition
  6. The winner is responsible for ensuring that they are able to accept the prize as set out and in accordance with these terms and conditions.
  7. No cash or other alternative is available and the prize cannot be transferred
  8. The winning entry will be chosen after the closing date from all the correct and valid entries received before the closing date. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  9. The winner agrees that their name may be used in all required publicity material
  10. This competition is run by Gatwick Express. Penguin Random House and Audible do not take responsibility for late or lost entries
  11. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions