Debut novel spurs $1m bidding war
A Hills author will have her award-winning manuscript published worldwide following a bidding war this month.
Bridgewater writer Hannah Kent’s debut novel, Burial Rites, was bought by publishers in Australia, the UK, North America, France, Italy, Brazil and The Netherlands.
The fictionalised story of the last woman to be publicly executed in Iceland was sold for amounts reported to be up to $1m collectively.
The 27-year-old former Heathfield High School student won international interest in the book after winning the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award in 2011.
In Australia and the UK it has been sold to Picador, part of Pan Macmillan, with the North American rights bought by Little Brown, a division of Hachette. French, Italian, Brazilian and Dutch sales have also been made.
Ms Kent said it had been an “incredibly humbling experience” to have the major publishers buy the rights to her book.