Man Booker Prize winner announced

Eleanor Catton has won this year’s Man Booker Prize for her second novel The Luminaries.

Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 21.51.29In the final year before the prize is opened up to US authors, the New Zealander beat bookies’ favourite Jim Crace to take home the cheque for £50,000.

Catton, who said that the book was in many ways “a publisher’s nightmare” given its length, is at twenty-eight the youngest ever winner of the prize in its forty-five year history. It also marks the first win for her UK publisher, Granta.

Set against New Zealand’s nineteenth-century gold rush, the novel marries a story of fallen women, murder and conspiracy with an inventive and complex structure based around astrological charts – asking questions about fate, character and destiny.

Speaking at the prize ceremony at London’s Guildhall, Chair of judges Robert Macfarlane said  The Luminaries was “awesome in its structural complexity; addictive in its story-telling and magical in its conjuring of a world of greed and gold.”

All shortlisted authors will take home £2,500 and a specially made hand-bound edition of their book.

Finally, don’t be put off by the book’s size – as former prize judge Gaby Wood commented, “it’s just heavy, it’s not difficult.”

Find out more about the shortlisted books here.

You can read an extract from The Luminaries here.

You can Reserve & Collect The Luminaries from your local Waterstones bookshop (http://bit.ly/1aKbICc), buy it online at Waterstones.com (http://bit.ly/1aKbMC6) or download it in ePub format (http://bit.ly/1aKbOtJ)

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