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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  

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Longlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction.

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2013.

One of the longest Booker winners by the youngest ever author to win, 28 year old Catton’s masterpiece is an historical mystery set in New Zealand’s Gold Rush. Far from being a dry literary work, this is something of a page turner with sex, opium, death and debauchery in a west as wild as any John Wayne encountered. You will know if you are likely to enjoy this sort of book, but even if you think you’re not, its complexities, mysteries, subtleties and conclusion are deeply satisfying and rewarding.

Robert Macfarlane, Chair of Judges comments: ‘The Luminaries is a magnificent novel: awesome in its structural complexity; addictive in its story-telling and magical in its conjuring of a world of greed and gold.’

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The Good Book Guide logo 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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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

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.

About the Author

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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Publication date

3rd April 2014

Author

Eleanor Catton

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Author's Website

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Publisher

Granta Books

Format

Paperback
848 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781847084323

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