"The Luminaries" Lights Up the Literary Skies

Thursday, December 19, 2013

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton poses after winning the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for her book 'The Luminaries' in central London on October 15, 2013. (ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty)

This year the Man Booker Prize went to 28-year-old Eleanor Catton for her 800-plus page novel about a murder mystery and a love story during a gold rush in New Zealand in the mid 1800's

The Luminaries” is daunting second-novel, and it’s also a wildly unique one. The New York Times Review says reading the book is like “doing a Charlotte Brontë-themed crossword puzzle while playing chess and Dance Dance Revolution on a Bongo Board.”

It’s a boom and bust story, a thriller and a romance, all rolled into one, and at age 28, Catton is the youngest-ever winner of this prize. The last person to win from her homeland of New Zealand was Keri Hume in 1985, the year Ms. Catton was born.

As Eleanor Catton rides this wild wave of enthusiasm for her work, she sits down with The Takeaway to tell us more about what brought her to this moment.

Guests:

Eleanor Catton

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja, Mythili Rao and Jillian Weinberger

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

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