New Zealand author Eleanor Catton won the Man Booker prize 2013 for her novel “The Luminaries” on Tuesday, 16 October. At 28 years of age, she became the youngest recipient of the prestigious award and her 848-pages long novel became the longest written book ever to win in the Man Booker’s 45-year history. Her win also marks the final time the Booker is presented to writers only from the Commonwealth countries and Ireland. From next year, the Man Booker will be open to writers from all nations and will cease to be an exclusive literary award.
Published by Granta, “The Luminaries” is a murder mystery set against the backdrop of New Zealand’s goldfields in 1866.