Here was the sequence of events.
At Christmas I was given an enormous stack of Penguin Classics, and the best by far was In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote.
Having enjoyed this so much, I decided to watch the 1967 movie, a chilling account of the murders of the Clutter family.
A few days ago as I was browsing in the bookshop I picked up a copy of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird", but decided not to get it as I have read it at least SEVEN times, instead I hired the movie, which I have also seen at least seven times but really, really love.
Last night we watched Capote, a film I missed on release, but picked up to watch the other day. Knowing nothing about the premise, I was trying to work out why it was so familiar, when it dawned on me that the movie was based on his life during the time he was writing In Cold Blood, and that his best friend was Harper Lee, who was on the eve of publishing her only book, the classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. The character of Dill in the book was based on her childhood friend, Truman Capote.
Looks like tonight might be the night to rewatch To Kill a Mockingbird. With swoony Gregory Peck in all his fabulosity.