Amanda Knox scores $4 million book deal with HarperCollins
After spending nearly four years in an Italian prison convicted of murdering her roommate in what the Italian press and prosecutors painted as a sex game gone wrong, Amanda Knox will finally tell her tale in a memoir to be published by HarperCollins in early 2013.
According to the New York Times, Knox, now free after an Italian judge overturned her conviction in October, will be making nearly $4 million for the tome. The price was reportedly driven up by an intense bidding war among publishers, including including Crown, St. Martin's Press, Atria, and Dutton.
Knox, now 24, was arrested in 2007 with her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher in the small Italian town of Perugia. The pair were convicted in 2009, sentenced to 26 years and 25 years respectively. Rudy Hermann Guede was convicted in a separate trial -- Guede was the only one of the three who admitted to being at the scene and whose DNA and fingerprints confirmed he was in the house.
Both Knox and Sollecito were released when the conviction was appealed and overturned. Earlier this week, however, Italian prosecutors appealed that decision -- an issue her family says in a statement is not a cause for concern.
Knox, who has since returned to Seattle, kept a diary during her time in prison, which will help to shape the book. Sollecito is also planning to write a memoir.
"It is a story that everyone else seems to have told except for the person at the center of it all," Jonathan Burnham, the publisher at HarperCollins, tells the New York Times in an email. "There has been plenty of rumor and conjecture about her personality, the role she played in events, and speculation about what happened. This book will tell the full story from her point of view for the very first time, and it will be told in her own words."
Will you read Knox's book? How about Sollecito's?
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