Shortlisted for the Stella Prize 2014 and Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2014 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 on the farm of District Officer Jon Jonsson and his family, who are horrified and avoid Agnes. Only Toti, the young assistant reverend appointed as Agnes's spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her. As the summer months fall away to winter, Agnes's story 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 freedom and the ways we will risk everything for love. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland's formidable landscape, and asks: how can one woman 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.