Atticus Finch with Scout

Barbara Kay: Atticus Finch would have had his pick of men falsely accused of rape and denied due process today

The novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, much in the news with the release of Lee’s practice-run novel for Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman, is America’s favourite book, its extraordinary popularity undiminished more than 50 years after it was published.

Strangely, though taught in high schools everywhere, it comes with no “trigger warnings” for female students, whose imaginations nowadays are thought to be too fragile to accommodate even fictional allusions to rape without recourse to a fainting couch.