The battle to secure a book deal with acquitted murder suspect Amanda Knox has finally come to a close with the $4 million (£2.5 million) offer by a top publisher.
HarperCollins beat out 20 stiff rivals in the publishing world to gain the rights to Knox’s story, which will be the first time she has given her full account of events in Perugia, Italy, where British student Meredith Kercher was brutally murdered.
The 24-year-old, who spent four years in an Italian prison, was released from custody last year alongside boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito after contaminated DNA evidence was unable to be used in the trial.
Senior vice president of Harper Jonathan Burnham described what readers could expect from the account.
He said: “It will be the story of a crime and a trial, but also a moving account of a young woman’s struggle to cope with a nightmarish ordeal that placed her at the centre of a media storm, and led to her imprisonment.”
Rudy Guede is currently serving 16 years in prison for his role in the murder of Kercher, who suffered severe blood loss and death following a viscous stabbing believed to have started in sex games.
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