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Burial Rites

By Hannah Kent | Paperback | 2 Review(s)

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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 out the time leading to her execution on the farm of District Officer Jon Jonsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderess in... read more

Format
Paperback
Release Date
01 May 2013
Author(s)
Hannah Kent
Publisher
Pan Macmillan Australia
ISBN-13
9781742612829
Dimensions
155mm x 236mm x 26mm
Pages
352
Format
Paperback
Release Date
01 May 2013
Author(s)
Hannah Kent
Publisher
Pan Macmillan Australia
ISBN-13
9781742612829
Dimensions
155mm x 236mm x 26mm
Pages
352

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This one is perfect for book clubs. It is based on the true story of a young woman who was convicted, along with two others, of the murder of an Icelandic farmer in the early 1900s. She is condemned to death but there is no facility to hold prisoners until their execution, so she is sent to live with a farming family until the details of her death are decided. The family is appalled that they must take a murderess into their home but gradually, over the months she lives with them, they come to see her as a person and not a monster. Agnes is clever and capable and above all, a survivor, and runs rings around the young reverend appointed to try to save her mortal soul. So was she guilty? You’ll find out - it’s a clever debut novel from this Australian writer.

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Sounds interesting... but it'd depend on the way it was written, for me.
15 Jun 2013 17:59:16 | Heather Smith

Looking forward to reading, Thank you Kerre for your review. Having recently joined a book club I will recommend we look at this.
15 Jun 2013 19:44:05 | Lesley Mcintosh

I love how you say it is perfect for book clubs, as this is one of the ones that we have lined up to read. Love that it is based on a true story and historical, so should be interesting.
15 Jun 2013 21:11:55 | Natalie O'Brien

This is the sort of book I like to read, books based on true stories and set in the past.
16 Jun 2013 00:15:18 | Jo Crawley

I have two little children and when my head hits the pillow i am asleep. But the way Kerre has described this book makes me really want to get back into reading again, thank you for reminding me how wonderful books are (and not just picture books :-)
16 Jun 2013 09:38:36 | Solvej Hughes

I need to read this book, Kerres review has really inspired me.
17 Jun 2013 11:36:26 | Janet Green

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17 Jun 2013
By Ann Cox
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Burial Rites

I do like true stories. If the true story is written with a bit of guess work of did she or did she not as in this case, it makes you want to read the book til the end without putting it down.

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