Hannah Kent

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Hannah Kent
Adelaide, Australia
Alma materFlinders University
GenreLiterary Fiction, Historical Fiction

Hannah Kent (born 1985) is an Australian writer and author.

Early life[edit]

Kent attended Heathfield High School.[citation needed]


In 2010, Kent co-founded the Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings.

In 2011 she won the inaugural Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award for her novel Burial Rites.[1]

A documentary about Kent's experiences in Iceland and writing Burial Rites was aired on ABC1 as an episode of Australian Story titled 'No More Than a Ghost,' on 1 July 2013.[2]

She is completing a creative writing PhD at Flinders University.[3]

Burial Rites[edit]

Published in May 2013, Burial Rites tells the story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, a servant in northern Iceland who was condemned to death after the murder of two men, one of whom was her employer, and became the last woman put to death in Iceland.[4] Kent was drawn to the idea of writing her story after a visit to the scene of the woman's execution in a lonely area of Iceland, close to where she stayed for some time as a Rotary student when she was 18.[5] The novel crafts a more ambiguous, sympathetic image of the life of a woman widely regarded in popular opinion to have been 'an inhumane witch, stirring up murder'.[6] It has been translated into thirty languages.[7]

In 2017 it was confirmed that Jennifer Lawrence would play the role of Agnes Magnúsdóttir in a film adaptation.[8]

The Good People[edit]

Kent's second novel The Good People (2016) is set in Ireland's County Kerry in 1825. It is the story of widow's struggle to find a cure for her grandson who has been struck down by a mysterious inability to speak and who is feared by others in this superstitious community as a changeling.[9]

The Good People has been translated into ten languages.

Awards and recognition[edit]


Shortlisted for the University of Queensland Fiction Book Award 2017 [10]

Shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2017[11]

Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Award for Historical Fiction (UK) 2017[12]

Shortlisted for the Indie Books Award for Literary Fiction 2017[13]

Shortlisted for the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year Award 2017[14]


Winner of the Prix Critiqueslibres Decouvrir Étranger 2017[15]

Winner of the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2014[16]

Winner of the Davitt Awards Best Debut Novel 2014[17]

Winner of the Davitt Awards Reader's Choice 2014[17]

Winner of the ABA Nielsen Bookdata Bookseller's Choice Award 2014[18]

Winner of the Booktopia People's Choice Award 2014[19]

Winner of the FAW Christina Stead Award 2013[20]

Winner of the Indie Awards Debut Fiction of the Year 2014[21]

Winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards People's Choice Award 2014[22]

Winner of the SMH Best Young Australian Novelist 2014[23]

Shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015[24]

Shortlisted for the Voss Literary Prize 2014[25]

Shortlisted for the National Book Awards International Author of the Year 2014[26]

Shortlisted for the Stella Prize 2014[27]

Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2014[28]

Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Prize for Fiction 2014[29]

Shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal 2014[30]

Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2013[31]

Shortlisted for the NIB Waverley Award for Literature 2013[32]


  1. ^ 'Monday musings on Australian literature: Unpublished manuscript awards,' Whispering Gums 13 March 2014.
  2. ^ 'No More Than A Ghost - Transcript,' Australian Story ABC 1 July 2013
  3. ^ "About". Hannah Kent. Retrieved 2016-01-28.
  4. ^ Kent, Hannah 'Keep Calm and Carry On: An Unexpected Path to Publication', Kill Your Darlings, Issue 13 (April 2013)
  5. ^ Cassie Mercer, 'Cup of Tea With Hanna Kent, Author of the Burial Rites,' Inside History Magazine 30 October 2013
  6. ^ Hannah Kent, Burial Rites (2013) Picador ed. 2015 p.335.
  7. ^ "News". Hannah Kent. Retrieved 2018-03-12.
  8. ^ "Jennifer Lawrence's New Movie 'Burial Rites' Sounds Killer". Fan Fest | For Fans, By Fans. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  9. ^ [1] Publisher's website
  10. ^ jurisdiction=Queensland, ; corporateName=State Library of Queensland;. "2017 shortlists". www.qldliteraryawards.org.au. Retrieved 2018-05-12.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  11. ^ "The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2017 by Gabrielle Williams". www.readings.com.au. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  12. ^ "All About The Walter Scott Prize 2017 on LoveReading.co.uk". www.lovereading.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  13. ^ "Indie Book Awards". Indie Book Awards. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  14. ^ "The ABIA 2017 Shortlist! - Australian Book Industry Awards". abiawards.com.au. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  15. ^ "critiquesLibres.com : critiques de livres". www.critiqueslibres.com (in French). Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  16. ^ "2014 Australian Book Industry Awards announced in Sydney". abiawards.com.au. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  17. ^ a b "Davitt Awards 2014 shortlist". Angela Savage. 2014-08-18. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  18. ^ "ABA Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award 2015 shortlist announced | Books+Publishing". Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  19. ^ "Booktopia wins Best Online Retailer at the 2014 Australian Book Industry Awards - The Booktopian". The Booktopian. 2014-05-25. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  20. ^ "FAW Awards 2013 winners announced | Books+Publishing". Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  21. ^ "2014 Indies Choice, E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards Finalists". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  22. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2014". The Wheeler Centre. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  23. ^ Morris, Linda (2014-05-13). "Best Young Australian Novelists chosen in SMH writers' awards". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  24. ^ "2015 Shortlist | International DUBLIN Literary Award". www.dublinliteraryaward.ie. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  25. ^ "Shortlist for inaugural Voss Literary Prize announced | Books+Publishing". Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  26. ^ "National Book Foundation, Presenter of the National Book Awards, www.nationalbook.org". www.nationalbook.org. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  27. ^ "Shortlist 2014 · The Stella Prize". The Stella Prize. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  28. ^ "The Baileys women's prize for fiction 2014 shortlist". www.readings.com.au. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  29. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2014". The Wheeler Centre. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  30. ^ https://www.austlit.edu.au/austlit/static/new/files/newsitefiles/2014-ALS-Gold-Medal-Judges-Report-2014.pdf
  31. ^ "Burial Rites by Hannah Kent". the Guardian. 2013-11-15. Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  32. ^ Council, Waverley. "Long List 2013". www.waverley.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 2018-05-12.

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