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My letter from Harper Lee

Keeping out of the public eye doesn’t stop her being sharp-eyed, curious and impeccably well-mannered. I have the evidence

11 July 2015

9:00 AM

11 July 2015

9:00 AM

Who knows whether Harper Lee, now 89, has given permission for her novel, Go Set a Watchman, to be published next week? Perhaps — as the rumours have it — she really is deaf and blind, and mentally incapable of sanctioning the book’s release, as she sits in a nursing home in her birthplace, Monroeville, Alabama.

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Harry Mount’s Odyssey: Ancient Greece in the Footsteps of Odysseus is out on 16 July. Philip Hensher will review Go Set a Watchman in next week’s Spectator.

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