To Kill A Mockingbird written by Harper Lee

What a lovely book written by Harper Lee.  I first read this, way back in time, as a nominated novel at High School.  Although I was only 15 or 16 at the time this book has stuck with me through the years as one of the best I’ve ever read.

It was first published in 1960 and is written through the eyes of two children, Scout and Jem Finch.  It follows their lives as they are growing up in a small town called Maycomb during the 1930’s.  Maycomb is a small town located in the deep south of America where predjudice attitudes, violence and hypocrisy are the rule.  Scout & Jem’s father Atticus is a lawyer in this small town and he is a brave, compassionate and intelligent man who is well aware of the predjudice attitudes of his town.

This book follows this small family and their cook, Calpurnia, who rules the house with an iron fist (as their mother passed away when the children were both very young) through the tough times of the 1930’s and in particular during the time of a legal case in which Atticus takes on the defence of a black man who is falsely accused of the rape of a local white girl.

There are moments of love, violence, humour and confusion as Atticus helps the children understand the life and times during this period in history, in the deep south of America.

A compassionate and beautifully written book which delves into the many different opinions and beliefs of it’s characters, a must read for those who have a social conscience and love a good story.