Thursday, October 17, 2013

Eleanor Catton is 2013 Man Booker Prize Winner - The Luminaries

Meet this year's winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, 28-year-old Eleanor Catton of New Zealand. Her win has made her the youngest winner in the award’s 45-year history. Her 848-page novel, 'The Luminaries' is set in the New Zealand goldfields of 1866.

Miss Catton accepted the award from Britain’s Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, at a glittering dinner in London’s ancient Guildhall on Oct 15. The award comes with a £50,000 (RM254,000) prize. She will also enjoy the global recognition that usually precedes a catapult in book sales.

Image source:  The Star

Here's where you can buy her book..

The other shortlisted authors for the prize were:

Canadian Ruth Ozeki for A Tale for the Time Being
Indian-American Jhumpa Lahiri for The Lowland
Zimbabwean NoViolet Bulawayo for We Need New Names: A Novel
Briton Jim Crace for Harvest (Vintage)
Irish writer Colm Toibin for The Testament of Mary

This one is last year's winner - Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel..

Mantel also won in 2009 for Wolf Hall..

In September, it was announced that the Man Booker will be open to authors from all over the world to compete for a prize that had been previously exclusive to writers from the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Commonwealth.

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