02/17/2012 at 09:05 AM EST
The international drama that unfolded on TV and in newspapers is now about to be told from the inside, in a highly subjective – and lucrative – account.
Amanda Knox, the American college student who spent four years in an Italian jail
– until last October, when she was cleared of murdering her roommate
– has sold her book to HarperCollins publishers for what is said to be nearly $4 million.
"It is a story that everyone else seems to have told except for the person at the center of it all," Jonathan Burnham, the publisher of HarperCollins (which is part of the Rupert Murdoch empire), said in an e-mail to The New York Times
"There has been plenty of rumor and conjecture about her personality, the role she played in events, and speculation about what happened. This book will tell the full story from her point of view for the very first time, and it will be told in her own words," his message also said.
Knox, 24, kept prison diaries, the newspaper reports. In addition, her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, who was also cleared in the killing of Meredith Kercherercher, is said to be preparing to sell his own memoir as early as later this month.