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Who is Eleanor Catton?
Cover Art That was the question many readers were asking when Catton received the prestigious Man Booker Prize last week for her second novel, The Luminaries.

But Eleanor Catton also received great attention and extraordinary praise for her first novel, The Rehearsal, which was published in 2008 when she was only 23. The New Zealand-born writer now holds two distinctions: she is the youngest writer ever to receive this literary award (28) and The Luminaries weighs in as the longest book ever to win (832 pages).

Catton's epic novel tells the story of Walter Moody, a wanderer who comes to work in the New Zealand goldfields in 1866. Over the course of the story, Moody finds himself entangled in a "series of unsolved crimes and complex mysteries."
 
posted Oct 23, 2013 by Anne P. Category: Awards

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