Set in mid-1930s Alabama, the novel focuses on the Finch family: father (and lawyer) Atticus, his 10-year-old son Jem and six-year old Scout, the book's protagonist. When Atticus defends a black man he believes has been wrongly accused of raping a white woman, we see the dramatic events unfold – partly through the innocent eyes of a child, but also through the adult Scout's knowing narration. A side plot concerns the campaign by Scout, Jem and their friend Dill to encourage their reclusive neighbour – Boo Radley – to come out of his house. Both stories come head to head in a shocking conclusion (which we won’t ruin for you here).


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