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Description - Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Based on a true story, Burial Rites is a superb debut novel which explores the case of the last woman to be publicly beheaded in Iceland in 1829. Agnes Magnusdottir has been charged with the brutal murder of Natan Ketilsson, her former employer, and has been sent to an isolated residence where she is to be detained throughout her trial. Horrified at having a cold murderer in their midst the family, especially Margret the farmer's wife, who live at the property treat her with disdain and caution. A young assistant priest, Toti, has been appointed her spiritual guardian and must regularly visit her in an attempt to salvage her soul. Through Toti's visits, the family learns more about Agnes and the crime she's apparently committed and as the days to the beheading draw closer, they realise all is not what it first seemed.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780316239806
ISBN-10: 0316239801
Format: Hardback
(240mm x mm x mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Little, Brown
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Hannah Kent

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 In 2011 she won the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award.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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