Eleanor Catton’s “Luminaries” Wins the Man Booker Prize

Eleanor Catton has won the Man Booker Prize for her second novel The Luminaries

At 848 pages, it is the longest ever work to win The Man Booker Prize, awarded to the best novel in the British Commonwealth

Catton was born in Ontario, Canada, but has spent most of her life in New Zealand

Like many other distinguished novelists before her, she attended the prestigious Iowa Writer’s Workshop

While there, she completed her first novel, The Rehearsal

The Luminaries centers around a murder-mystery during the lucrative New Zealand Gold Rush of the 1860’s

The Central Otago Gold Rush, as it is known today, brought in tens of thousands of prospectors to what is now modern-day Dunedin

Catton also structured the novel’s plot using astrological and planetary signs

Other Great works of New Zealand Literature include:

Katherine Mansfield’s “Garden Party” (1922)

And Janet Frame’s Owls do Cry (1957)

Maurice Shadbolt’s Season of the Jew (1974)