Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Congratulations to Eleanor Catton – winner of the Booker Prize for The Luminaries
Catton, who’s only 28, is only the second Kiwi to do so, and the youngest author ever, to win this, the most presitigious literary award ever.
Mr Pip by Lloyd Jones (which has just been released as a film, starring Hugh Lauriw), was shortlisted in 2007, and The Bone People by Keri Hulme, won the Booker Prize in 1985.
Catton is youngest in the Prize’s 45 year history to be short-listed. The prize, announced at a ceremony in London, is worth $95,000, enogh to keep her in typewriter ribbons for some time! .
RNSZ quotes Catton who said that her book has been a publisher's nightmare from the very beginning, so winning made it all worth while: "The shape and form of the book made certain kinds of editorial suggestions not only mathematically impossible, but even more egregious, astrologically impossible”. The judges said her book, which beat five other contenders, is an exuberant and dazzling homage to Victorian sensation novels.