The Winner of the British Booker Prize
Eleanor Catton for 'The Luminaries'
New Zealand writer Eleanor Catton has won the prestigious British literary award The Man Booker Prize for 2013. The 28-year-old's novel The Luminaries was referred to "New Zealand's answer to Twin Peaks" by critics.
The 832 page novel tells the story of fortune hunter Walter Moody at the time of New Zealand's gold rush during the mid nineteenth century. In terms of volume size, The Luminaries is also the largest ever novel awarded The Man Book Prize.
Alongside Catton, the shortlisted authors in the running for the 2013 prize included the British writer Jim Crace for his novel Harvest, Irishman Colm Toibin with The Testament of Mary, British Jhumpa Lahiri's novel The Lowland, Canadian-American writer Ruth Ozeki for A Tale for the Time Being and Novoilet Bulawayo from Zimbabwe with the novel We need New Names.
As the winner of the Booker Prize, Catton will receive a prize of £50,000 (approximately AED300,000). The shortlisted nominees will receieve £2,500 (around AED15,000) and the right to reprint the books nominated for the award in the special Booker design.