Slow burn

Decades-old book named 2015’s best seller

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More than half a century after her classic To Kill A Mockingbird was published, Harper Lee’s novel Go Set a Watchman topped the U.S. best-sellers list, selling more than 1.6 million copies. The unexpected novel by the reclusive author was announced in February, after it was apparently discovered in a safe-deposit box, under dubious circumstances. The book was released in July and immediately soared to the top of best-seller lists, thanks to massive pre-orders. Written in the 1950s, the manuscript was abandoned when Lee’s editor suggested that she should write the story from the childhood perspective of Scout — a storyline that became To Kill A Mockingbird. Watchman received very mixed reviews, with some critics even arguing this “unedited draft” should never have been published. The second place in the best-seller list went to the latest installments in Jeff Kinney’s Diary of Wimpy Kid, but the third and fourth place were also occupied by women: EL James’ Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian, and Paula Hawkins’ thriller Girl On The Train, respectively.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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