Eleanor Catton was born in 1985 in Canada and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her debut novel, The Rehearsal, was published in 2008. Catton’s second novel, The Luminaries, was the winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize, making her the youngest ever recipient of the prize. At 828 pages, The Luminaries is also the longest ever winner of the Booker. It is to be adapted into a six-part TV mini series by BBC, produced by Working Title Television, which will be written by Catton. Her third novel, Birnham Wood, is a psychological thriller set in rural New Zealand and will be published later this year.
Author photo credit: Robert Catto
The Booker Prize turns 50 this year. Once dismissed as ‘posh bingo’ by Julian Barnes (but not after he himself won it), the Booker is one of the leading literary prizes in the world. Eleanor Catton, whose novel The Luminaries won the prize in 2013, discusses the importance of prizes to writers with Stuart Kelly […]