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An astonishing and moving novel (plus you can WIN a copy to take home)

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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

We kicked off the first Global Cool book club last night with Hannah Kent’s incredible tale Burial Rites

The book is set in northern Iceland in 1829 when Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of her lover.

Agnes is sent to wait out her final months on the farm of district officer Jón Jónsson, his wife and their two daughters Steina and Lauga. Horrified to have a convicted murderer in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. Only Tóti, the young assistant priest appointed Agnes’s spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes’s story begins to emerge and with it the family’s terrible realization that all is not as they had assumed.

Based on actual events, Burial Rites is an astonishing and moving novel about the truths we claim to know and the ways in which we interpret what we’re told. In beautiful, cut-glass prose, Hannah Kent portrays Iceland’s formidable landscape, in which 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?

If you fancy bulking up your book collection and getting a free copy you’re in for a treat…

For a chance to win a copy of Burial Rites by Hannah Kent all you have to do is tell us what you’re reading in the comments box below before 11am on August 18 when a winner will be picked.

Good luck!

And here’s our guest of honour from last night, the newest member of Global Cool Book Club…

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