Knox 'wants to adopt children' after jail

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Amanda Knox, the American student convicted of murdering her flatmate Meredith Kercher in Italy, has revealed how she hopes to adopt children and become a writer when she has served her 26-year sentence. The revelations were made in meetings she had with Rocco Girlanda, an Umbrian politician who has made numerous visits to Knox at her prison in Perugia.

Mr Girlanda, who first met Knox around the time of her conviction, told Associated Press yesterday that he kept a diary of the conversations – material that forms the basis of a 240-page book, Take Me With You – Talks with Amanda Knox in Prison, to be published in Italy and the US in the autumn. They never discussed the case, he said, but the book includes letters and poetry Knox sent to the politician, who is head of a foundation promoting ties between the two countries. All proceeds will go to his foundation.

Knox, 23, was convicted last December of the murder and sexual assault of Kercher, a British student, in 2007. Knox's former boyfriend and another man were also convicted. All three maintain their innocence and are appealing. Knox's appeal is set to begin on 24 November.