To Kill a Mockingbird [Re]Read + Giveaway

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In anticipation of the publication of Harper Lee’s prequel/sequel Go Set a Watchman on the 14th July, the publisher William Heinemann has launched a ten day reading challenge. The idea’s simple: between May 21st and 31st, you re-read, or indeed read, To Kill a Mockingbird.

I’m taking part for two reasons: one, it’s years since I last read To Kill a Mockingbird and two, it makes perfect sense to me to re-read it before Go Set a Watchman arrives so I can see how the two work together.

During the ten days, the publishers are releasing lots of material around To Kill a Mockingbird, they’ll be asking you to share photos of your well-loved copies of the book and they’ll be hosting competitions to win copies of Go Set A Watchman to be sent out to lucky recipients as soon as the book is published in July. All this is happening across their Go Set a Watchman channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

Like many people, I first read To Kill a Mockingbird at school: it was one of my GCSE texts. I remember loving it and, as a consequence of growing up in a small, predominantly white town in the north of England, feeling that I’d been made to consider issues I probably hadn’t thought about before.

The edition we read at school had this cover:

Apologies for the quality of the image, it took me ages to find a photograph of that cover. So long, in fact, I started to think I’d imagined it.

I bought my own copy and re-read it at some point in my twenties. I wanted to read it as an adult and see if it was as powerful as I remembered it being. It must have been because I wrote a short story of my own based on the character of Boo Radley.

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Now, I have a copy of the latest edition, which has the cover I think I like most out of the three.

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And not only do I have a copy, but you could have one too! (That was smooth, right?) Thanks to William Heinemann, I have three copies to give away to UK based readers. If haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird before, you don’t own a copy or you fancy one of the gorgeous new editions to join in the reread, all you need to do is leave a comment below before 2pm tomorrow (Friday 22nd May). Winners will be drawn at random after the closing time and notified as soon as possible.

Thanks to William Heinemann for the giveaway.

Giveaway winner:

As usual, I’ve allocated everyone a number in order of entry:

1 – Carys
2 – Nordie
3 – PoppyPeacockPens
4 – Bev
5 – Crimeworm
6 – Lisa Farrell
7 – Vanessa Matthews
8 – Susan Chafer
9 – Swazi
10 – Charlottetobitt
11 – Bookboodle
12 – Claire
13 – Marian Fievez
14 – George Worboys Wright
15 – Helen
16 – Heaven Ali
17 – Natalie Crossan
18 – Elle
19 – Kim Neville
20 – Sally Collingwood
21 – Clairew137
22 – mrsredwhite214
23 – Ali Archer
24 – Teresa S
25 – Lindasbookbag

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The winners are Natalie Crossan, Sally Collingwood and Kim Neville. Congratulations all. Check your emails for what to do next. Thanks to everyone else for entering.

0 thoughts on “To Kill a Mockingbird [Re]Read + Giveaway

  1. Like you, I read it first at school, but perhaps a few years previously (I did O level English!). I read it again a few (10?) years ago but not since. I’m not sure whether I want to read the new book, given all the hoo-hah as to whether she was conned into releasing it.

    • I thought that too but having read loads of was she/wasn’t she reports, I think I’m curious about it actually. It’ll be interesting to see it, if nothing else.

  2. My O’level text too… it was the first book that really expanded my boundaries & appreciate literature for being far more than just a good story… Even named my first cat Boo!

  3. I bought a copy for my daughter, as I was surprised she hadn’t read it in school. I don’t have one myself, though I did adore it. In fact, I’d LOVE to read it again, to see if I enjoyed it as much.

  4. I love this book and have taught it SO many times. It is the one book which students consistently say inspired them at GCSE. Alas, my own copy is so over-used I can’t open it now without pages falling out! I would love a new copy to reread before ‘Go Set a Watchman’ comes out.

  5. Like you, read it at school. Girls were given “Pride and Prejudice”, boys given “To Kill a Mockingbird”. I hated the Jane Austen and couldn’t get through it, so I swapped with one of the boys. If I hadn’t done that, it could have been years till I finally read it. So glad I swapped!

  6. I know it’s a cliche, but I love this book. Hubbie describes his dad as Atticus – very cool 🙂

  7. It’s been so many years since I read To Kill A Mockingbird I really need to read it again before Go Set A Watchman! But I don’t have my own copy and would love a beautiful new edition….

  8. I also was ‘forced’ to read at school for GCSE; something I’m very grateful for as I love it and is the only book I’ve read multiple times 🙂

  9. It wasn’t a set text at my school, but I haven’t read it since I was a teenager either. I have vague memories of enjoying it immensely and would love the chance to read it again! 🙂

  10. Seems such a long time since I read this book, would love to re read now.

  11. I haven’t read it but it’s on my must read list. I’d love to win a copy & read along with everyone else, it’s the prod I need!

  12. Such a great idea. I was planning on re-reading TKAM anyway but this timely nudge has made me move it right up my tbr pile.

  13. I read this when I was eleven and it was wonderful–not to mention that my dad, who is a spec-wearing Southern lawyer who bears a considerable resemblance to Gregory Peck, is frequently referred to among my friends as “Atticus”. I don’t have a copy in the UK and I’d love to enter the giveaway!

  14. I’d love to read it. The one book that everyone tells me is perfect for me so I really need to get a move on and read it before her next book is out. I read William Golding’s Lord of The Flies in school.

  15. I have read it before and I taught it too and I can’t find my copy. I’m devastated. If others haven’t read it, please do. Good luck all

  16. I was too late for the giveaway (boo) but I definitely will join in with the re-read.

  17. I read it in school too – and have been reading the same copy ever since! In fact along with the state of my ancient old knees that book probably charts my ageing process better than anything! So will re-read again – though will probably need to get the sellotape out first!