Hear Reese Witherspoon read the first chapter of Go Set a Watchman

Go Set a Watchman, The Guaridan
Go Set a Watchman, The Guaridan

The newspaper, The Guardian, is a self-described center-left British national daily. Founded in 1821 as a local paper replacing the radical Manchester Observer, it was known as The Manchester Guardian until 1959. The paper is known for some pretty spectacular scoops.

It has released the first chapter of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman read by Reese Witherspoon and it’s enchanting. The lyric, tone, and manner are all Harper Lee and Witherspoon’s interpretation is spot on. The full book drops at 12:01 a.m., July 14th.

Illustration: Tom Clohosy Cole for the Guardian

Chapter 1, Go Set a Watchman, audio book.

If you’re not a fan of audio books, the text-only version is Text, Chapter 1, Go Set a Watchman.

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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