Sometimes I look back at my first attempts to write a novel and I see them now for what they were. I was learning the craft of writing, enjoying it hugely but  making huge mistakes too. I still make mistakes of course because it’s difficult to critique your own work but that’s what an editor is for. Those first efforts were not wasted and you should not dismiss your first attempts  entirely because I used many of the ideas later when I could look at them with fresh eyes.  I read To Kill a Mockingbird when I was grown up and it remains one of my favourite novels, the characters sticking in my mind from the very start. I have since seen the film with the wonderful Gregory Peck and also the play on stage and the story is still entrancing to me and very special. No, I will not be reading Go Set A Watchman because I can’t bear to have my hero Atticus depicted as a bigot, nor can I bear to read what is termed a lightly edited book.  Readers will flock to buy it of course and it will be a best seller because of all the hype.  I do hope Harper Lee is happy to have this book published but I want to remember her as having written one superb book and that surely is quite enough for any writer. Getting off the soapbox now but I just had to say it.