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Burial Rites

Author: Hannah Kent  

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"Burial Rites is an accomplished gem, its prose as crisp and sparkling as its northern setting." Geraldine Brooks

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"Burial Rites is an accomplished gem, its prose as crisp and sparkling as its northern setting." Geraldine Brooks

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Description

Shortlisted for the Stella Prize 2014 and Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2014 In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnusdottir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Agnes is sent to wait on the farm of District Officer Jon Jonsson and his family, who are horrified and avoid Agnes. Only Toti, the young assistant reverend appointed as Agnes's spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her. As the summer months fall away to winter, Agnes's story begins to emerge. And as the days to her execution draw closer, the question burns: did she or didn't she? Based on a true story, Burial Rites is a deeply moving novel about freedom and the ways we will risk everything for love. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland's formidable landscape, and asks: how can one woman endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

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Awards

Winner of Indie Awards 2014
Winner of Victorian Premier's Literary Award People's Choice Award 2014 2014
Winner of FAW Christina Stead Award 2014
Winner of ABA Nielsen Bookdata Booksellers' Choice Award 2014
Winner of ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2014
Winner of SMH Best Young Australian Novelist 2014
Winner of ABIA/Booktopia People's Choice Award 2014
Winner of Davitt Awards Debut Fiction 2014
Winner of Davitt Awards Reader's Choice 2014
Short-listed for The Stella Prize 2014

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About the Author

Hannah Kent was born in Adelaide in 1985. As a teenager she travelled to Iceland on a Rotary Exchange, where she first heard the story of Agnes Magnusdottir. Hannah is the co-founder and deputy editor of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings, and is completing her PhD at Flinders University. In 2011 she won the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award. Burial Rites is her first novel.

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Product Details

Publisher
Pan Macmillan Australia | Picador Australia
Published
1st March 2014
Pages
352
ISBN
9781743516966
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