Raffaele Sollecito, the former boyfriend of Amanda Knox, has secured a book deal just one month after it was announced that Knox would be coming out with her own book–but, according to the publisher, Sollecito’s book on the murder case will be coming out first.
Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books announced on Thursday that it has secured a deal to publish Sollecito’s “Presumed Guilty: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox” in the fall, several months ahead of Knox’s expected 2013 release date for her book.
According to the publisher, Sollecito’s book chronicles his relationship with Knox, as well as their arrests and imprisonment over the death of Knox’s roommate, Meredith Kercher.
“Sollecito was an unwilling participant in a case that riveted the world. The Italian media convicted the young couple before any evidence had even been heard,” according to Gallery. “Over and over, Sollecito came under pressure to change his testimony and get himself off the hook, but he refused to betray Amanda and he refused to lie.
“In ‘Presumed Guilty,’ Sollecito will finally tell his side of the story — from his first meeting with Amanda Knox, to his arrest, prison time, subsequent release, and current relationship with the woman he stood by through the worst ordeal of both their lives.”
Will you be reading Raffaele Sollecito’s book?