Amanda Knox Scores $4M Book Deal
HarperCollins snags rights after auction
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 16, 2012 3:41 PM CST
Amanda Knox talks to reporters as her father, Curt Knox, right, stands behind her Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(Newser) – After a days-long bidding war, HarperCollins has obtained the rights to Amanda Knox's memoir in a $4 million deal, insiders tell the New York Times. Divisions of Random House, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin all reportedly bid on the book, which Knox says will be based in part on the journal she kept in prison. Lawyer Robert Barnett, who has represented other big-name authors such as Sarah Palin, was behind the deal.

"No one has yet heard Amanda Knox’s own account" of her accusation of the murder of Meredith Kercher in Italy, said Harper's publisher. "This book will give Knox an opportunity to tell the story in full detail, for the first time. 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 center of a media storm, and led to her imprisonment." Italian prosecutors recently appealed Knox's acquittal.

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Feb 17, 2012 4:46 AM CST
OK all you Chris Brown haters, she KILLED someone, does she get the same hated for life treatment or does she get a pass because she is a woman?
Feb 16, 2012 11:26 PM CST
A four million dollar advance--wanna know where it comes from? From writers who get twenty thousand dollar advances and keep selling just enough to make the publishers money. That's why all the good writers are dropping traditional publishing and going straight to eBooks. And Amanda Knox is a sociopath who stumbled onto a murder that she didn't commit but certainly could if she had a reason. I find her the definition of irony. They arrested her cause she didn't have enough empathy to appear innocent. They got her one murder too soon. As for Merideth--she walked into a robbery and got killed--terrible and her family will get only the peace that they allow themselves. I know what it is to lose a child. It sucks.
Feb 16, 2012 10:52 PM CST