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The Luminaries

by Eleanor Catton

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The Luminaries Synopsis

It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky. The Luminaries is an extraordinary piece of fiction. It is full of narrative, linguistic and psychological pleasures, and has a fiendishly clever and original structuring device. Written in pitch-perfect historical register, richly evoking a mid-19th century world of shipping and banking and goldrush boom and bust, it is also a ghost story, and a gripping mystery. It is a thrilling achievement and will confirm for critics and readers that Catton is one of the brightest stars in the international writing firmament.

The Good Book Guide Review

This ambitious work begins in 1866 as Walter Moody arrives in the remote town of Hokitika, in western New Zealand, to start life afresh. He hopes to make his fortune in the gold fields, but on his first night in town, he comes across a group of twelve men with a story to tell, one in which Walter has a part. As their shared history unfolds, it becomes clear that ‘everything is connected, but nothing is as it seems’. Highly original, meticulously constructed, thematically convincing, this is a richly evocative mystery.

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ISBN: 9781847084323
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Publisher: Granta Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781847084316
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Publisher: Granta Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847084323
Publication date: 3rd April 2014
Author: Eleanor Catton
Publisher: Granta Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 848 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Eleanor Catton

Eleanor Catton was born in 1985 in Canada and raised in New Zealand. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University in 2007 and won the Adam Prize in Creative Writing for The Rehearsal. She was the recipient of the 2008 Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship to study for a year at the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop in the US and went on to hold a position as Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing there, teaching Creative Writing and Popular Culture. Eleanor won a 2010 New Generation Award. She now lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

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