Hannah Kent

Hannah Kent

 

<p style="\&quot;margin-top:" 0\"="">Hannah Kent was born in Adelaide in 1985. She 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 In 2011 she won the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award.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.

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The best books to listen to on audio

The best books to listen to on audio

“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.” So said Sir Francis Bacon. I would add to that: some books are to be listened to – in the car, while making dinner, on the Tube. Whether because they are weighty tomes you don't want to carry around or because the reading is just spot on, these are some of the best audiobooks around. 

Three Picador books on National Book Awards shortlists!

Three Picador books on National Book Awards shortlists!

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent has been shortlisted in the International Author of the Year category, and In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman and The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton have both been shortlisted in the Books Are My Bag New Writer of the Year category.

Mythical and monstrous: land and sea in Australian fiction

Mythical and monstrous: land and sea in Australian fiction

Following a recent visit to Brisbane and its many bookshops, I found myself becoming obsessed by Australian literature. In each novel, short story, or memoir that I read, there was something that fascinated me. Slowly, I realised just what had me so hooked. It was the way these writers used their landscapes and seascapes, the way they played as important a role in their works as the plots and characters. I wanted to figure out why. 

Burial Rites wins twice in Australia

Hannah Kent's astounding novel Burial Rites, based on the true story of the last woman to be executed in Iceland, has won Literary Fiction Book of the Year at the Australian Bookseller Industry Awards and the Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award at the Australian Bookseller Awards.

Ten of the best landscapes in fiction

Ten of the best landscapes in fiction

Hannah Kent explains why a novel's landscape is so important to her as both a reader and a writer and shares her top ten picks of fictional landscapes.

Ten books set in Iceland and Scandinavia

Ten books set in Iceland and Scandinavia

Hannah Kent's Burial Rites has sparked a fascination with Iceland at Picador. We've picked out our favourite Icelandic and Scandinavian stories – may this be the start of a new reading journey!

Hannah Kent answers reading group questions

We're so excited about Burial Rites that we had a book club to talk about it to our hearts' content. We had a few questions for author Hannah Kent; read her answers here.

Burial Rites: photos from the launch party

Burial Rites: photos from the launch party

What better place to celebrate the launch of Burial Rites, a wonderful, moving novel set in cold, dark Iceland, than The Thames Tunnel Shaft? Have a look at the pictures.

Burial Rites: a photo essay from Iceland

Burial Rites: a photo essay from Iceland

Jennifer Lawrence has signed up to star in a film adaptation of Hannah Kent's novel Burial Rites. Here, Hannah shares some of her photos from her time spent in Iceland, visiting the real places from the book. Burial Rites is based on the true story of a woman, Agnes Magnúsdóttir, who is charged with the brutal murder of her former master in 1829.

The future's bright?

 In the face of sexism that is so casually doled out by the media, women's fiction continues to excel. The celebration of women's fiction is a progressive and necessary component to the world of literature and publishing.