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The Luminaries

Eleanor Catton

Eleanor Catton

New Zealand novelist Eleanor Catton made history when her 832-page sophomore novel The Luminaries won prestigious literary award the Man Booker Prize.

Judges of the annual prize marvelled at Catton’s ability to turn the modern day novel on its head and used words like ‘epic’ ‘virtuoso’ and ‘exceptional’ to describe her work.

The Luminaries, set in the small West Coast town of Hokitika during the gold rush era of the 1860s, has since been flying off shelves around the world, leading to the novel being named on a raft of top books of 2013 lists.

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