Go Set a Watchman: Readers give their first reviews after bagging copies of Harper Lee book

The not-quite-a-sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird was released at midnight

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Harper Lee fans queued for hours last night to get their hands on the first copies of To Kill a Mockingbird follow-up, Go Set a Watchman and already, readers have been sharing their thoughts on the much-hyped novel.

Reactions so far have been mixed, with the general consensus being that while Watchman is an enjoyable read, it's is no Mockingbird, which is unsurprising really given that it is widely believed to have been a first draft for the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 classic.

Five things we learned from Go Set a Watchman

Others were unsure what to make of the book at the halfway point while some failed to see why everyone was getting quite so excited about its midnight release. The whole 'Atticus Finch is a racist' thing was stressing a lot of you out too.

Here's a round-up of some of the most telling tweets, from the lovers...

...to the haters...

...to the biggest pool of not-so-sures...

The Watchman manuscript was discovered by Lee's lawyer in a safe-deposit box last year. It is set 20 years after the events of Mockingbird but written five years or so before her famous novel.

Go Set a Watchman is the biggest release in the book-selling world since the final Harry Potter book in 2007.

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