American woman Amanda Knox has signed a book deal to tell the story of her conviction and subsequent acquittal over the murder of Leeds University student Meredith Kercher.
The 24-year-old Seattle resident, imprisoned for four years in Perugia, Italy, for the 2007 murder of her 21-year-old housemate, has not publicly discussed the case beyond a brief expression of gratitude upon her dramatic release last October.
In a statement yesterday, publisher HarperCollins said: “Aided by journals she kept during her imprisonment, Knox will talk about her harrowing experience at the hands of the Italian police and later prison guards and inmates.
She will reveal never before told details surrounding her case, and describe how she used her inner strength and strong family ties to cope with the most challenging time of her young life.”
The book, currently untitled, is tentatively scheduled for early 2013 and Knox will work with a collaborator in writing it.
Financial terms were not disclosed for the deal, estimated at seven-figures, secured after bids from 20 publishers.
Italian prosecutors this week asked the country’s highest criminal court to reinstate the murder convictions of Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito.
Prosecutor Giovanni Galati said he is “very convinced” they were responsible for the death of Miss Kercher.