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Award Thursdays: Eleanor Catton

Post by: Imtiaz Ahmed


The Man Booker Prize 2013 sprung a surprise with New Zealand writer Eleanor Catton becoming the youngest writer ever to win the prize. Catton is 28, and also the second New Zealander to win the prize. Presently based in Auckland, Catton's 832-page murder mystery The Luminaries beat five other favourites to the top spot. Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland was among the books that were edged out from the shortlist. 


Eleanor Catton has won prize money of 50,000 pounds along with the prestigious award. Catton informed the media that she began writing the novel when she was 25. Catton's novel, set in the 19th century gold rush time, is also the longest novel ever to win the Man Booker Prize. The Rehearsal was Catton's debut 2008 novel that went on to be published in 12 languages. The Luminaries hit the bookstores in September 2013.


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