The Luminaries

by Eleanor Catton

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

The Luminaries Synopsis

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

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2013.

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.

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847084316
Publication date: 1st August 2013
Author: Eleanor Catton
Publisher: Granta Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 832 pages
Genres: 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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