Eleanor Catton’s 800 plus page novel, The Luminaries, set in New Zealand during its Gold Rush of the mid-1860s, has won the 2013 Man Booker Prize competition. It is the only one of the six shortlisted books that I had not read due to its unavailability in the States. The book should be arriving at your favorite bookstore this week, and most public libraries have already placed their orders, so call your local library today as you can be assured that the waiting list is bound to grow.
Catton, at age 28, becomes the youngest author to win the Man Booker since the competition started in 1969. The Canadian-born, New Zealand-raised writer’s weighty tome is also the longest book to win the Prize, outdoing Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall by over a hundred pages. I will post my review of the book on this blog as soon as I read it.