Your source for information on the latest and greatest in reading arts and entertainment!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Eleanor Catton receiving the Booker prize

Eleanor Catton becomes the youngest writer to win the UK's prestigious Man Booker Prize with the longest book to ever to win the prize: The Luminaries.

It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields.  On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes.  A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk.  Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

"The New Zealander was 25 when she began writing The Luminaries, an epic 19th-century gold rush murder mystery. Now 28, she also becomes an "end of an era" winner: the last recipient of a Booker prize which, for 45 years, has only allowed Commonwealth and Irish writers – next year, the Americans are coming." Read more about it here from The Guardian.

No comments:

Post a Comment