Oct 16, 2013

A twisty, cosmic tale crowns the youngest-ever Booker winner

Eleanor Catton is the youngest person ever to win the Man Booker Prize, and for the longest book. And yet the New Zealander's 832-page epic tome is still compulsively readable.

Bethanie Blanchard

Writer, critic and Liticism blogger

This morning, 28-year-old New Zealand author Eleanor Catton made history as the youngest author ever to win the Man Booker Prize, for her intricate tome The Luminaries. It’s been described by the judges as “a dazzling work, luminous, vast”.

Catton is only the second Kiwi author to win the prestigious literary prize after Keri Hulme, who won in 1985 for The Bone People — the year, in an interesting coincidence, Catton was born.

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