'People are entitled to full respect for their opinions. But before I live with others, I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.'
That's what Atticus tells his daughter Scout in Harper Lee's 'To Kill A Mockingbird', when she questions his decision to defend a black man against the opinion of practically everyone in the town they live in. It's my favourite quote and it's from one of my most favourite books — which is celebrating its golden jubilee today. The book was first published exactly fifty years to the date on July 11th, 1960 and has never gone out of print since then. The Pulitzer Prize-winning 'To Kill a Mockingbird' has been translated into 40 languages and was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Gregory Peck in 1965. The novel also constantly figures on almost every poll of favourite books, rated by both readers and scholars across the world.
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