Review published on April 1, 2015.Reviewed by Maxine Forshaw
Nudge Reviewer Rating:
“This is the true story of Agnes Magnusdottir, who was found guilty of the murder of a man in Northern Iceland in 1828. But was she guilty? Was it murder? These questions form the basis of Hannah Kent’s fascinating first novel. To me, the description of time and place was spot-on; the almost unbearable cold of an Icelandic winter was so well evoked that it made me feel chilly throughout much of the book! If people died in the winter months, they could not be buried until the ground thawed out in the summer. The relentless, grinding poverty of country folk in the early 19th century also made a lasting impression on me. A couple of sections are included at the end in which the author discusses the writing of her novel and answers questions – just make sure you read these after you’ve read the book and not before (spoiler alert). We found plenty to discuss at our reading group but I felt this was equally rewarding as a personal read.”*
– Maxine Forshaw
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, published by Picador on 27th February, 2015 at £7.99
*Review first published in newbooks magazine, Spring 2015
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