Death in Perugia: The Definitive Account of the Meredith Kercher Case from Her Murder to the Acquittal of Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox

Death in Perugia: The Definitive Account of the Meredith Kercher Case from Her Murder to the Acquittal of Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox

By (author) John Follain

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John Follain, who covers Italy for the Sunday Times, tells the definitive inside story of this extraordinary case. Shortly after 12.30pm on 2 November 2007, Italian police were called to the Perugia home of 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher. They found her body on the floor under a beige quilt. Her throat had been cut. Four days later, the prosecutor jailed Meredith's flatmate American student Amanda Knox, and Raffaele Sollecito, her Italian boyfriend. He also jailed Rudy Guede, an Ivory Coast drifter. Four years later Knox and Sollecito were acquitted amid chaotic scenes in front of the world's media. Uniquely based on four years of reporting and access to the complete case files, Death In Perugia takes readers on a riveting journey behind the scenes of the investigation, as John Follain shares the drama of the trials and appeal hearings he lived through. Including exclusive interviews with Meredith's friends and other key sources, Death in Perugia reveals how the Italian dream turned into a nightmare.

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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 134 x 216 x 36mm | 480.81g
  • 25 Oct 2011
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 2 x 8pp colour
  • 1444706551
  • 9781444706550
  • 197,791

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John Follain was born in 1966. He studied at Oxford before joining Reuters, for which he worked as a correspondent in Rome and Paris. He has covered Italy for The Sunday Times since 1998. His previous books include DEATH IN PERUGIA, THE LAST GODFATHERS, which was translated into 10 languages, MUSSOLINI'S ISLAND and the international bestseller ZOYA'S STORY. He was voted runner-up for the 2006 Paul Foot Award for Campaigning Journalism, and nominated for the 2008 Magazine Journalism Awards for his interview with the Knox family.

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A gripping read: a balanced, detailed account that allows the reader to respond to the central question: did they or didn't they?... It's hard to imagine there will be a better book on the subject. Tobias Jones, The Observer an excellent account of the tragedy and the very Italian drama that followed. Stephen Robinson, The Sunday Times - a Sunday Times 'MUST READ' I was very much in the grip of this book. For two days I didn't switch on the TV ... Follain's account will trouble you for days. William Leith, The Evening Standard In a case as familiar as this has become, it is surprising to go over it from the start ... (DEATH IN PERUGIA) does a good job of reminding us that amid the reams of print and reel are human lives; some innocent and some guilty, but all irreparably disfigured by this horribly sad story. Ed Cumming, The Daily Telegraph I've been absorbed all week by ... the enthralling, soon to be best seller, I'm sure, DEATH IN PERUGIA. Paul Holmes, The New Zealand Herald A fascinating book. Ray D'Arcy, Today FM, Dublin A hot-off-the press account of the riveting murder trial of American student Amanda Knox, accused with her boyfriend and a drifter of killing her flatmate Meredith Kercher. The Newcastle Herald Follain's impartiality works beautifully ... Follain always manages to bring humanity to the book in between the gory detail. Tim Ellis, www.suite101.com, Vancouver 'a careful, factual account of the case from the very beginning, complete with exhaustive interviews with key players, assiduous explanation of the complex details of the case, and a good understanding of the Italian judicial process'. Gillian Lord, The Canberrra Times A riveting account of the whole affair, from the murder and trial to the electrifying appeals-court decision ... a vivid portrait of the woman at the center of it all ... Follain's book, based on hundreds of interviews and enriched by his unique access to the complete case files, is remarkably objective and fair-minded to all parties involved. The Wall Street Journal, on A DEATH IN ITALY The British journalist John Follain has drawn upon the transcripts of Knox's lengthy trial and hundreds of interviews to give what may be the definitive account of the case. It's an ugly, confusing story but one he relates with clarity, compassion and a wealth of fascinating detail...Follain's account of this saga is gripping. The Washington Post on A DEATH IN ITALY

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Completely engrossing - a must read

I have been following this case as events have transpired, but because of the long timeline, up until now, I hadn't read a definitive account. Death in Perugia is just that. The complexity of the trial and the depth of the analysis that Follain has undertaken leaves the reader with a very vivid portrait of all the players in this tragic story. I found the book completely gripping - I have not been able to do anything for four days as I squirreled away to read it in every spare minute I had. It is a horrifically disturbing story, yet Follain tells it with an authority and sensitivity that allows the reader to desperately continue with it. The interviews with Meredith's friends add a whole new dimension to the story. Their input paints a portrait of Meredith which for me, had been largely (at least publicly) undocumented up until now: her solid values, her gentle nature and the love and care she displayed towards her family and friends. The interviews with the police, lawyers et.al are also fascinating and masterfully showcase the many, many characters in this complex story. A must read.show more
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