BRITISH backpacker Joanne Lees, who survived the Outback attack that resulted in the murder of boyfriend Peter Falconio, has signed a book deal.
And her version of the terrible events that stunned the world will be out in October.
Joanne, of Almondbury, has come to a deal with publisher Hodder Australia, in Darwin, in Australia's Northern territory,
Details of the financial arrangements have not been revealed.
The firm said today said it had struck a deal with Joanne for the "definitive book" on the attack, which would be published simultaneously in Australia and Britain on October 6.
Joanne, now 32 and a care worker living in Brighton, says she will set the record straight with her tell-all book on the murder of her 28-year-old boyfriend.
Her book will be the fifth to be published on the outback mystery and Joanne says she wants to write the book to put forward her version of events.
She said: "My intention is simple - to take the reader on the same journey I took, and have them experience the real truth of it.
"This book is for me, my family, the Falconios, for Pete - and for anyone who has been the victim of violent crime."
Mr Falconio, of Hepworth, was shot beside the Stuart Highway in the vast Northern Territory outback in July 2001. The couple had stopped driving their VW camper van after a fellow motorist indicated there were problems with their vehicle. Mr Falconio's body has never been found.
Despite being bound and assaulted, Joanne who was then 27, managed to escape. She hid, terrified, under a bush for hours, before she was able to raise the alarm.
Matt- hew Kelly, from Hodder Australia Nonfiction, said Joanne was "courageous" in writing the account and was "some way down the track" to finishing it.
"It will be one of the major books for the end of this year for any publisher," Mr Kelly said.
"While this event received extensive media coverage and spawned a number of books, none of these have included the personal experiences and feelings of Joanne at every step of the way.
"It will be the only time we can get a true insight into the horror of that night and the trauma that followed."
He said Joa- nne would return to Australia to promote the book, but declined to detail how much Joanne would be paid for her story.
The book will be relea sed two weeks after a three-day appeal hearing for Bradley John Murdoch, the man convicted of Mr Falconio's murder. The hearing is due to start on September 18.
Murdoch, a mechanic from Broome, was sentenced to at least 28 years' jail last December, after he was found guilty of killing Mr Falconio and abducting and assaulting Joanne.
Joanne, a constant presence in the Northern Territory Supreme Court during Murdoch's high profile eight-week trial, has recounted her ordeal twice in court - during the committal hearing and the NT Supreme Court trial.
But Mr Kelly said the story had only been told "in the legal framework".
"She is now free to tell her own story," he added.
Prosecutors said Mr Falconio was shot in the head. His body has never found, despite the biggest-ever search mounted in Australia.
Prosecutors said Murdoch threatened Joanne with a gun, punched her in the head and bound her with cable-ties. Joanne testified she managed to escape and call for help after flagging down a passing truck.
At his trial, Murdoch consistently denied he was involved with the couple, who had spent months touring and working in Australia.