Eleanor Catton became the youngest Man Booker winner, with her book – The Luminaries – winning the most prestigious award in literature.
Eleanor Catton is the second New Zealander to win the Man Booker prize; the first being Keri Hulme who’d won the prize in 1985 for The Bone People.
From the long list of 151 contenders, only six – A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, Harvest by Jim Crace, The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton, The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin, We Need New Names by Noviolet Bulawayo, had made to the finals.
An 832-page murder mystery, The Luminaries is set during a 19th-century gold rush.
Robert Macfarlane, the chair of judges, described the book as a “dazzling work, luminous, vast”. themanbookerprize.com quotes him as saying, “a book you sometimes feel lost in, fearing it to be ‘a big baggy monster’, but it turns out to be as tightly structured as an orrery”
When asked if the book’s bulk will put readers off, he said, “Length never poses a problem if it’s a great novel. The Luminaries is a novel you pan, as if for gold, and the returns are huge.”
Hope you enjoyed reading…
We are editorially independent, not funded, supported or influenced by investors or agencies. We try to keep our content easily readable in an undisturbed interface, not swamped by advertisements and pop-ups. Our mission is to provide a platform you can call your own creative outlet and everyone from renowned authors and critics to budding bloggers, artists, teen writers and kids love to build their own space here and share with the world.
When readers like you contribute, big or small, it goes directly into funding our initiative. Your support helps us to keep striving towards making our content better. And yes, we need to build on this year after year. Support LnC-Silhouette with a little amount – and it only takes a minute. Thank you