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Hodder to release Kercher title next month
04.10.11 | Charlotte Williams
Hodder has now decided to bring forward the publication of its Meredith Kercher case title, Death in Perugia by John Follain, by five weeks.
When contacted this morning by The Bookseller, Hodder had no plans to change the publication date of 24th November. The title will now be released on 25th October.
Hodder non-fiction publisher Rupert Lancaster said: "It is interesting to reflect how the world has changed in the last four years—four years ago the internet wasn't the go-to place for news, and now it is. It's important with any newsworthy event these days that if you're going to publish a book about it you really need to come as close to the event as possible."
Lancaster said Follain had been writing the book for the past four years, and is now writing the final chapter, which will cover the appeal proceedings and last night's ruling. He added he has talked to the Kercher family today (4th October), and the book contains interviews with other people connected to the case, both on the legal and family side.
Lancaster said: "The thing about John is he speaks fluent Italian and he has been the Sunday Times' Italian correspondent for about 10 years now, and because of his Italian connections it means he can write authoritatively about not only the cultural but also the Italian court system . . . We hope it will be seen to be the definitive account of the case."