Reading Guide for Burial Rites by Hannah Kent Created by Maryann E. Marchiafava

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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Created by Maryann E. Marchiafava


The Aurora Book Club April 2015

Table of Contents

Resource 1: LIT LOVERS, URL: 4

Summary 4

Author Bio 4

Resource 2: Picador Australia, URL:, Notes for Reading Groups 5


Resource 3: Article, “Capital punishment in Iceland” from Wikipedia 12

Resource 4: Hannah Kent website, URL: 15

Introduction to Hannah Kent website for Burial Rites 15

Cover Art 15

Interviews with Hannah Kent 15

Book Reviews – Burial Rites 16

Resource 5: An Article by Hannah Kent from her website: “Get a Library Card: My Rules for Writing” November 26, 2014 20

Resource 6: booktopiablog, URL: 25

Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites, answers Ten Terrifying Questions 25

Resource 7: “Burial Rites and the loneliness of the long-distance writer” by Hannah Kent 28

Resource 8: Barnes & Noble, URL:, 34

Meet the Author 34

Interviews & Essays 34


Photograph by Nicholas Purcell

About the Author

Hannah Kent is a Melbourne-based writer, born in Adelaide in 1985. Her first novel, Burial Rites, has been translated into over twenty languages and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) and the Guardian First Book Award.

It won the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the Indie Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year and the Victorian Premier's People's Choice Award, and has most recently been long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
Hannah is also the co-founder and publishing director of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings. She is currently writing her second novel. 

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