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    DescriptionIn northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnusdottir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of her lover. Agnes is sent to wait out her final months on the farm of district officer Jon Jonsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderer in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. Only Toti, the young assistant priest appointed Agnes's spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes's story begins to emerge and with it the family's terrible realization that all is not as they had assumed. Based on actual events, Burial Rites is an astonishing and moving novel about the truths we claim to know and the ways in which we interpret what we're told. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland's formidable landscape, in which every day is a battle for survival, and asks, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others? Burial Rites is perfect for fans of Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood and The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan.


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    Title
    Burial Rites
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Hannah Kent
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 225 mm
    Weight: 479 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781447233169
    ISBN 10: 1447233166
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    DC23: 823.92
    Publisher
    Pan MacMillan
    Imprint name
    PICADOR
    Publication date
    29 August 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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 and was inspired to write Burial Rites. 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 In 2011 she won the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award.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 and has garnered praise from best-selling authors such as Karin Slaughter, Charlotte Rogan, Pulitzer prize-winner Geraldine Brooks and Orange prize-winner Madeline Miller.
    Review quote
    'Burial Rites is an accomplished gem, its prose as crisp and sparkling as its northern setting.' Geraldine Brooks, author of Year of Wonders '[An] astonishing first novel' Instyle 'A compelling read, heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure.' Anne Berry, author of The Hungry Ghosts 'Hannah Kent's gorgeous and haunting Burial Rites will touch your heart.' Charlotte Rogan, author of The Lifeboat 'So gripping I wanted to rush through the pages, but so beautifully written I wanted to linger over every sentence. Hannah Kent's debut novel is outstanding.' Madeline Miller, Orange Prize-winning author of The Song of Achilles 'Hannah Kent has crafted a genre all her own. Burial Rites is both a compelling thriller and a profound meditation on a mythic landscape.' Annabel Lyon, author of The Golden Mean 'Spell-binding and moving, it's the kind of novel that gets under your skin, moves your blood, your heart. A bravura debut.' Megan Abbott, author of The End of Everything and Dare Me 'With language flickering, sparkling and flashing like the northern lights... A magical exercise in artful literary fiction' Kirkus starred review 'Burial Rites, Kent's compelling fictionalised account of the end days of Agnes Magnusdottir ... with its glimpse into icy frontier lands, the struggles of a farming peasantry, the looming shadow of an executioner's axe and a strong, if misunderstood, female character ... uses extracts from the historical records to stitch together a credible account of a woman more victim than villain.' Age 'The most talked about Australian debut novel in years. Burial Rites reimagines the life and death of Agnes Magnusdottir, the last woman to be executed in Iceland.' Australian 'Hannah Kent has a fine turn of phrase ... that makes Agnes Magnusdottir, the central figure in her debut novel, both elusive and captivating ... Kent is to be commended for being drawn to a story and a character rather than any narrow cultural agenda. Burial Rites is far removed from us in time and place and, ironically, this fact makes it an intimate experience. It draws close to the bones and sinews of human experience as it gives voice to a yearning for more than the law can provide.' Sydney Morning Herald 'This compelling, ripped-from-real-life tale reminds me of Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace' Karin Slaughter, best-selling author of Kisscut
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