Harper Lee, author of the critically and commercially successful book To Kill a Mockingbird which was published in 1960, has died in her home-town of Monroeville, Alabama.

The news was confirmed via a statement released on behalf of her family which said Lee:

“passed away early this morning in her sleep. Her passing was unexpected.”

A flood of tributes to the writer have since poured in via social media with her name becoming the top trend on Twitter in a matter of minutes.

Barack Obama also paid tribute to Lee on Facebook saying:

“Atticus, he was real nice.”

“Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.”

When Harper Lee sat down to write To Kill a Mockingbird, she wasn’t seeking awards or fame. She was a country girl who just wanted to tell an honest story about life as she saw it.

But what that one story did, more powerfully than one hundred speeches possibly could, was change the way we saw each other, and then the way we saw ourselves. Through the uncorrupted eyes of a child, she showed us the beautiful complexity of our common humanity, and the importance of striving for justice in our own lives, our communities, and our country.

Ms. Lee changed America for the better. And there is no higher tribute we can offer her than to keep telling this timeless American story – to our students, to our neighbors, and to our children – and to constantly try, in our own lives, to finally see each other.

To Kill a Mockingbird sold more than 30 million copies around the world and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Lee only published the sequel, Go Set a Watchman, last year.

The novelist was born Nelle Harper Lee on 28 April 1926, the youngest of four children, and had always lived a guarded, private life, rarely giving interviews.






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Michael Cohen turned against Donald Trump after the President backed Vladimir Putin ahead of US intelligence services.

A summit between the two leaders in Helsinki in July was the final straw for Cohen, his lawyer Lanny Davis told Sky News, prompting him to seriously question Mr Trump’s loyalty to the US and suggesting “almost a mental instability in the man”.

The president’s former “fixer” had previously been a staunch supporter of Mr Trump, saying he would “take a bullet” for the president.

Mr Davis added that it was “absolutely clear that Donald Trump committed a felony” by ordering hush payments be made to two women “so that his political election chances would not be harmed” before the 2016 presidential election.

Cohen told a court on Tuesday that he had paid off porn actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal in order to influence the 2016 US election campaign, at the direction of a “candidate”.

Mr Davis said his client “was talking about Donald Trump” and that he had “directed and co-ordinated” the payments.


With just over a month to go before the globally successful HBO show Game Of Thrones returns to our screens, social media – notably Twitter – went into a united state of excitement earlier this week with the arrival of a new trailer.

Since the last season ended, HBO have been teasing viewers about what happened to fan favourite Jon Snow (Kit Harington) as well as what the series of posters and images they’ve released might mean. Now, with this final trailer, which was viewed 30 MILLION TIMES in one day, they’ve not only caused a frenzy among the shows’ fan-base but also left them with a number of questions as to what to expect when the show returns in April.

The trailer also introduced those unfamiliar with Chris Issac’s “Wicked Game” to an updated rendition courtesy of James Vincent McMorrow and that too earned itself a number of plaudits.

Check out a few of the reactions on Twitter below.


This is the trailer that’s gotten everyone so excited:

Game Of Thrones season six premieres April 24th on HBO at 9pm and will be be simulcast on Sky Atlantic for UK viewers, meaning the episode will air at 2am April 25.