New Zealand’s Eleanor Catton wins 2013 Man Booker Prize for her book ‘The Luminaries’
The 28-year-old New Zealander Eleanor Catton has become the youngest writer to ever win a Man Booker prize. The youngest ever winner before Catton was Ben Okri who was 32 when his work The Famished Road won the Booker prize in 1991.
Eleanor Catton’s ‘The Luminaries’ – an 832-page murder mystery based on the gold rush in the 19th-century is also the longest novel to ever win the coveted literary prize. The Luminaries is Catton’s second novel after The Rehearsal, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Guardian first book award. Catton is just the second New Zealander to win the prize, the first being Keri Hulme for ‘The Bone People’ in 1985. Catton was presented with the coveted award worth 50,000 pounds by Camilla Parker-Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall, at a glittering ceremony in London’s Guildhall.
This year marks the 45th year of the Man Booker Prize, which was won last year by Hilary Mantel for ‘Bring Up the Bodies’, making her the first woman and first Briton to win the coveted award twice. It was first awarded to P H Newby for ‘Something to Answer For’ in 1969.