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Eleanor Catton

Youngest-ever winner of the Man Booker Prize...

24/09/1985 -

Eleanor Catton is a New Zealand author and Man Booker Prize winner. She was born in Canada, but raised in Christchurch, New Zealand from the age of six. She studied English at the University of Canterbury and earned a Master?s degree in Creative Writing from the Victoria University of Wellington. In 2008, she received a fellowship to the prestigious Iowa Writers? Workshop.

In 2013, Catton won the Man Booker Prize for her second novel, The Luminaries. At the time, it was the longest book to win and she was the youngest writer ever to receive the award.

She lives in Auckland with her partner and teaches creative writing at the Manukau Institute of Technology.

Book and writing awards

2009 Betty Trask Award (The Rehearsal), 2013 Man Booker Prize (The Luminaries).

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Read the Man Booker Prize shortlist: The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton

Posted on 13th Sep, 2013 by Guest contributor

In the lead up to the announcement of this year's Man Booker Prize winner, we're bringing you an extract from each of the shortlisted books in turn - and next on the list is Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries...