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