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The Luminaries : Winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize - Eleanor Catton

The Luminaries

Winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize

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The astonishing and epic second novel from the prize-winning author of The Rehearsal - a sure contender for every major literary prize.

It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On the night of his 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, which more than fulfils the promise of The Rehearsal. Like that novel, 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 for someone still in her mid-twenties, and will confirm for critics and readers that Eleanor 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 lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

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    • A Bit Slow
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    Could not get into the story. Way to much in depth description of the characters feelings and so it was a ver slow moving story...boring!

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    Found this difficult to get into, and basically lost interest after about 100 pages. I am sure, if I had stuck with it, I would have better things to say, but unfortunately it didn't hold my interest enough to go any further.

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      Great book, good price, arrived very quickly. Thoroughly recommend

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      Luminaries

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        I was really sorry when I finished this novel because it was by far the best book I have read in a long time. I found it hard to put down. Every chapter was about a character and their place in the story.

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        ISBN: 9781847088765
        ISBN-10: 1847088767
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 848
        Published: 1st October 2013
        Publisher: Granta Books
        Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 5.2
        Weight (kg): 0.95