Hodder buys Kercher book

<p>Hodder &amp; Stoughton has commissioned a work of non-fiction by <em>Sunday Times</em> reporter John Follain&nbsp; about the murder of English student Meredith Kercher. Kercher was discovered stabbed in her apartment in Perugia on 2nd November 2007.</p><p>The company said publication date would be determined by the progress of the trial, which is taking place at the moment. Kercher&#39;s flatmate Amanda Knox and her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito have been accused of the murder. Rudy Hermann Guede, who went through a &quot;fast track&quot; hearing, has already received 30 years for conspiracy to murder.</p><p>Rupert Lancaster, non-fiction publisher for Hodder, bought the British Commonwealth rights, including serial and translation, from Clare Alexander at Aitken Alexander. He said Follain was &quot;better qualified than anyone else to tackle this subject&quot;, owing to the journalist&#39;s 10-year stint as Italian&nbsp; correspondent for the paper.</p><p>Lancaster added: &quot;He has reported on the Kercher case from Perugia since November 2007 when the murder was discovered, and has amassed much exclusive material as well as unrivalled access to key sources. This book will maintain Hodder&rsquo;s reputation for high quality, bestselling true crime exemplified by <em>Cosa Nostra</em> and <em>Gangs</em>.&quot;</p>