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Anne Tyler. Photograph: Diane Waler

It may be a mixed bag, but the American writer’s 20th novel offers moments of stark profundity

Rabih Alameddine’s novel, both clever and pretentious, is set in a maddeningly Americanised sitcom version of the Middle East

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was published in 1960. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature.

Lee makes it obvious it is not Robinson on trial, but the racism of the American South

 Harper Lee will publish her second novel, ‘Go Set a Watchman’, 60 years after the Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. Photograph: Getty

‘New’ novel preceded Lee’s classic but was not published at the time

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