The title of the book “Go Set a Watchman” comes from Isaiah 21: 6: “For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.” The central theme of the book is disillusionment.
The story moves around the adventures of Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Passepartout. They try to go around the world in eighty days on a twenty thousand pounds wager. It was set by Fogg’s friends at the Reform Club.
Before writing “The Whale Rider,” the author had written only three other novels. The author admits in the introduction to the book that he got inspiration to write the book when his two young daughters came back from their vacation.