Friday, June 3, 2011
Recently, a signed first edition of To Kill a Mockingbird sold for nearly $10,000 at Abebooks. The novel celebrated 50 years in print in 2010. It is one of the most revered books in American literature and still resonates with many readers today.
"I can honestly say I learnt more about human rights from To Kill a Mockingbird than all the law books in the world. I first read it when I was 12, then studied it at school. So much of what I believe about people and values is promoted in the simple but powerful story of Atticus Finch, who tirelessly defends a black man in the Deep South on the false charge of rape. At its heart it's really about three basic values: dignity, equality and fairness."
Shami Chakrabarti, Human-rights lawyer and director of Liberty