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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.
You may have read or heard about Hannah Kent and her first novel, Burial Rites, and the $1 million –plus international deal for her first two books resulting from the bidding by Australian and overseas by publishers. Not forgetting, her winning the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award, which entailed the mentorship with Pulitzer Prize-winning US – based Australian novelist, Geraldine Brooks. All in all, it's very easy to understand why there has been so much interest given to Hannah Kent.
I attended Hannah's recent book launch for Burial Rites at Marion Cultural Centre, where she shared openly her experiences regarding the background for her first book, a historical novel, which was the creative component of her PhD in Creative Writing at Flinders University. Born in Adelaide in 1985, she travelled to the North of Iceland, as a Rotary Exchange Student. While living there, Hannah came to research the story of Agnes Magnusdottir, who was condemned to be beheaded for her role in the brutal murder of two men in 1828.
Hannah is a very competent, articulate and entertaining speaker as she openly discusses her experiences of living in this extremely cold and forbidding environment. It was a very tight knit community and as an outsider, she was made to feel very isolated and lonely. It was during this period she discovered the details of the brutal murder and the tragic story, which resulted in her writing this gripping but beautiful story.