Death in Perugia by John Follain

Death in Perugia

By John Follain

  • Release Date: 2011-10-25
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4.5
From 27 Ratings
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John Follain, who covers Italy for the Sunday Times, tells the definitive inside story of this extraordinary case.

Shortly after 12.30pm on 2 November 2007, Italian police were called to the Perugia home of 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher. They found her body on the floor under a beige quilt. Her throat had been cut.

Four days later, the prosecutor jailed Meredith's flatmate American student Amanda Knox, and Raffaele Sollecito, her Italian boyfriend. He also jailed Rudy Guede, an Ivory Coast drifter. Four years later Knox and Sollecito were acquitted amid chaotic scenes in front of the world's media.

Uniquely based on four years of reporting and access to the complete case files, Death In Perugia takes readers on a riveting journey behind the scenes of the investigation, as John Follain shares the drama of the trials and appeal hearings he lived through.

Including exclusive interviews with Meredith's friends and other key sources, Death in Perugia reveals how the Italian dream turned into a nightmare.


  • Good read

    By Mrs Basra
    I really enjoyed this book. I was thoroughly absorbed and learnt a lot about the case that I didn't know.
  • With Meredith in mind.....

    By TomJnr
    A shocking murder to which at this time justice has not been done. A fair, unbiased and accurate storyboard of what's happened since that terrible night. I hope however Meredith is at peace.
  • Great read!

    By Fonzie2012
    An excellent read. Couldn't put the book down and have thought about the story often since finishing it. The author told great detail of factual events. The book truly moved me, such a sad story and still so many questions unanswered.