It’s actually not a surprise, but, even though the universe gifted us with a second novel from Harper Lee, long, long, long after we had figured that we’d better just take To Kill a Mockingbird and forget about the future, there aren’t going to be any more.

For a second over the summer, it seemed like our coffers of good fortune were going to overflow with yet another long lost novel from the now octogenarian author. Turns out, though, that whoever said, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is was right. There is now evidence that there will be no third novel from Harper Lee:

The “mysterious pages of text” discovered in a safe deposit box in Alabama, which Harper Lee’s lawyer had suggested could be a further novel by the author, are actually typescripts of To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman, a rare books expert has said.

Meanwhile, you can see why a lotta of people were hoping the third book would pan out.

Go Set a Watchman was published on 14 July. It sold more than 207,000 copies in the UK in its first five days on sale, and more than 1m in the US and Canada.

See the full piece in The Guardian here.

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