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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 their midst, the family avoids speaking with Agnes. Only Toti, the young assistant reverend appointed as Agnes's spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her, as he attempts to salvage her soul. As the summer months fall away to winter and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes's ill-fated tale of longing and betrayal 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 personal freedom: who we are seen to be versus who we believe ourselves to be, and the ways in which we will risk everything for love. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland's formidable landscape, where 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?' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: For my Family
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 2013
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2016 .
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      Extent: 338p.
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      • Published: 8th March 2016
      ISBN: 9781743549551
Alternative title: Das Seelenhaus
Language: German
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      Droemer Knaur , 2014 .
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      Extent: 384p.p.
      ISBN: 9783426199787, 3426199785

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There Was Nothing, There Was Nowhere to Go : Writing Australian Rural Noir Leigh Redhead , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , October no. 37 2016;
'When I embarked on my doctorate in creative writing, I wanted to write about the decline of an alternative community in the 1980s, similar to the one in which I had grown up. A noir novel seemed the perfect vehicle for the dark themes I planned to explore, and promised to be very different from the private eye series I usually wrote. Typically, noir is located in urban environments and many studies of noir fiction and film maintain that an urban setting is integral to the genre, speaking as it does to the anxiety and alienation of modern life, feelings of anonymity and of being the outsider, and the corruption and criminality of the city. Much contemporary noir fiction still takes place in metropolitan areas; however, there is, increasingly, a sub-genre situated in rural locations, as illustrated by the rise of ‘Country’ or ‘Hillbilly Noir’ in the USA. Australian crime fiction has long made use of the bush and outback as a location – usually as a site of conquest where the hero ultimately triumphs over the antagonist; however, noir narratives are different, invariably ending in destruction and defeat. This article will investigate Australian Rural Noir through a comparative textual analysis of Kenneth Cooke’s Wake in Fright, Chris Womersley’s The Low Road and Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites. It will consider the ways in which Australian rural noir uses landscape to subvert the pastoral paradigm and will examine the tensions between the exterior landscape and the interior life of the protagonists, reflecting on the particularly Australian cultural anxieties implicit in these texts. I also discuss my own research-led practice, the challenges involved in being an insider researcher and, finally, consider whether this nexus between the critical and creative helps or hinders the creative writing process.' (Publication abstract)
With New Novel The Good People, Hannah Kent Moves Past Burial Rites Natasha Rudra , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 30 September 2016;

— Review of Burial Rites Hannah Kent 2013 single work novel
'You could almost look at at it as a case of two for the price of one. Hannah Kent's 2013 debut novel Burial Rites - the story of an Icelandic woman beheaded for her role in a dual murder - might have been one of the most talked about first novels in recent memory. But it also sowed the seed of her second novel, The Good People. ...'
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— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 17 October 2015; (p. 18) The Advertiser , 3 October 2015; (p. 14)
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Turning Pages Jane Sullivan , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 19-20 December 2015; (p. 29) The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 December 2015; (p. 31)
Nothing Wimpy About Success of 2013 Wimpy Bookworms Finding Just 15 Minutes to Cook Jason Steger , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 4 January 2014; (p. 5) The Canberra Times , 4 January 2014; (p. 3)
The Haunting Andrew Stephens , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 1 February 2014; (p. 12)
In Conversation with Hanna Kent Ruth Starke , 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Writers in Conversation , February vol. 1 no. 1 2014;

'Hannah Kent has enjoyed enormous international success with her first novel, Burial Rites, a reimagining of the life and death of Agnes Magnusdottir, the last woman to be executed in Iceland for murder. Published in Australia in May 2013, the book has also been published in the UK and in the USA, and in over twenty other countries. Jennifer Lawrence will play Agnes in the forthcoming movie to be directed by Gary Ross, the director of The Hunger Games.

Hannah was born in Adelaide in 1985 and grew up in the Adelaide Hills where her family still lives. Hannah completed her BCW (Hons) in 2008 at Flinders University, where she is currently completing her PhD. Burial Rites is the creative component of that doctoral thesis and Ruth Starke, who interviews Hannah below, is her principal supervisor. ' (Publication abstract)

First Impressions Angela Meyer , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: Books + Publishing , April vol. 93 no. 4 2014; (p. 10-11)
'New voices are vital to an exciting, engaged book industry, but finding readers for untested authors can also present a challenge. Angela Meyer examines some of the ways debut authors, publishers and booksellers are getting the word out.'
Prize List Hope for First Book 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 14 February 2014; (p. 33)
Writers' War of Words Deborah Bogle , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 28 February 2014; (p. 39)
Two Authors Are On the Same Page Deborah Bogle , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 3 March 2014; (p. 11)
Author Earns the Rites to Vie for Top Prize Deborah Bogle , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 21 March 2014; (p. 21)
Accolade for Local Writer 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 27 March 2014; (p. 17)
Stella Prize Sends a Message That Women Are Incapable of Competing Intellectually With Men Nicolle Flint , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 29 April 2014; (p. 18)
Historical Fiction Deserves a Future - And at Present It's Looking Good Kate Forsyth , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 28 May 2014;
Turning Pages Jane Sullivan , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 21 June 2014; (p. 35) The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 June 2014; (p. 33)
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— Appears in: The Advertiser , 1 July 2013; (p. 21)
Novel by Student in Demand Brook Turner , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Financial Review , 10 July 2012; (p. 3)

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— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 27-28 April 2013; (p. 21)

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Hannah Kent : Burial Rites Linda Funnell , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , May 2013;

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— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 351 2013;

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Untitled Alexandra Coghlan , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , May no. 89 2013; (p. 56)

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[Untitled] Katharine England , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 4 May 2013; (p. 34)

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What Lies Under the Ice Michael McGirr , 2013 single work review
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Prejudice Melts Away in a Frigid Landscape Michael McGirr , 2013 single work review
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— Appears in: Overland (Online) , December 2013;

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— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 30 September 2016;

— Review of Burial Rites Hannah Kent 2013 single work novel
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Author an Instant Millionaire Deborah Bogle , 2012 single work column
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— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 29 December 2012; (p. 22-23) The Canberra Times , 29 December 2012; (p. 15-16) The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 December 2012; (p. 22)
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$10,000 Prize for Author 2013 single work column
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Story Behind the Storyteller Deborah Bogle , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 1 July 2013; (p. 21)
Critics Come to Praise this Writer Nick Miller , 2013 single work column
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The People's Nib Susan Wyndham , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 September 2013; (p. 29)
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— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , October 2013;
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— Appears in: Inside History Magazine , September-October no. 18 2013; (p. 13)
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— Appears in: The Age , 4 January 2014; (p. 5) The Canberra Times , 4 January 2014; (p. 3)
The Haunting Andrew Stephens , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 1 February 2014; (p. 12)
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— Appears in: Writers in Conversation , February vol. 1 no. 1 2014;

'Hannah Kent has enjoyed enormous international success with her first novel, Burial Rites, a reimagining of the life and death of Agnes Magnusdottir, the last woman to be executed in Iceland for murder. Published in Australia in May 2013, the book has also been published in the UK and in the USA, and in over twenty other countries. Jennifer Lawrence will play Agnes in the forthcoming movie to be directed by Gary Ross, the director of The Hunger Games.

Hannah was born in Adelaide in 1985 and grew up in the Adelaide Hills where her family still lives. Hannah completed her BCW (Hons) in 2008 at Flinders University, where she is currently completing her PhD. Burial Rites is the creative component of that doctoral thesis and Ruth Starke, who interviews Hannah below, is her principal supervisor. ' (Publication abstract)

Jennifer to Star in a Killer of a Role Antimo Iannella , 2013 single work column
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A World Without Books – Or Kindle? Words Simply Fail Me Peter Goers , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 17 November vol. 17 November no. 2013; (p. 86)
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