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Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries Wins the 2013 Man Booker Prize

October 16, 2013

Eleanor Catton (MFA, 2010) is the winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize, for her second novel, The Luminaries.

At 28, she's the youngest author to ever win the award. Despite her age, “Maturity is evident in every sentence, in the rhythms and balances,” said Robert Macfarlane, chairman of the judges. “It is a novel of astonishing control.”

Writing in The Guardian, Kirsty Gunn called “The Luminaries” a “consummate literary page-turner.” “Catton has created her own world in ‘The Luminaries’ — an upside-down, Southern Hemisphere kind of a place with its own astrological calendar that casts its own kind of influence, its own light.”

The Booker is Britain’s most prestigious literary prize, awarded annually to a novelist from Britain, Ireland or a Commonwealth country

The other nominees were, We Need New Names, by NoViolet Bulawayo; Harvest, by Jim Crace; A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki; The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri; and The Testament of Mary, by Colm Toibin.

The Luminaries was published for the international market in August, by Granta Books, and the book was just released in the United States this month by Litle, Brown and Company.

For more information:
Eleanor Catton becomes youngest Booker prize winner
At 28, Writer Is Youngest to Receive Booker Prize
The Man Booker Prize
Eleanor Catton interview, The Guardian