Eleanor Catton Wins Man Booker Prize

Wednesday 16 October 2013

Auckland writer Eleanor Catton has won this year’s Man Booker Prize, with her latest book The Luminaries. At 28, she is the youngest author ever to win the award.

Catton was presented the award by the Duchess of Cornwall at a ceremony in London this morning (NZ time). She will receive £50,000 (NZ$95,000) in prize money.

The other short-listed authors were Jim Crace, Jhumpa Lahir, Colm Toibin, Ruth Ozeki and NoViolet Bulawayo.

The Luminaries is an historical novel set in Hokitika during the 1860s' gold rush - a murder mystery on a grand scale. Catton's first book, The Rehearsal, was a runaway success.

The only other New Zealander to win this pretigious award was Keri Hulme in 1985 with The Bone People.  Wellington writer Lloyd Jones was also shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2007 for Mister Pip.

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