Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.
Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only T ti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.
Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?
Winner of ABIA Booktopia People's Choice Awards: Fiction Book of the Year 2014 and Victorian Premier's Literary Award 2014 and Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2014 and ABIA Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2014 and Nielsen BookData/ABA Book of the Year Award - Booksellers' Choice 2014 and Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists 2014 and Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) Awards: Christina Stead Award 2014 and Australian Independent Booksellers Indie Awards: Fiction 2014. Shortlisted for Stella Prize 2014 and Guardian First Book Award 2013.
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. 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 In 2011 she won the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award.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.