facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

'The Luminaries' wins Man Booker Prize

Oct. 16, 2013 at 11:01 AM   |   Comments

LONDON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Canadian-born, New Zealand author Eleanor Catton has become the youngest Man Booker winner in the prize's history, organizers said.

Catton was 27 when she penned her award-winning book "The Luminaries," which is set in 1866 during the New Zealand gold rush.

The 832-page work is also the longest novel to win the Man Booker prize.

The chair of judges Robert Macfarlane described the novel as a "dazzling work, luminous, vast."

He went on to call it "a book you sometimes feel lost in, fearing it to be 'a big baggy monster,' but it turns out to be as tightly structured as an orrery."

Catton was presented with the grand prize of $79,000 at a Guildhall ceremony in London Tuesday night.

Also nominated for this year's edition of the literary award are works by Jim Crace, Colm Toibin, NoViolet Bulawayo, Jhumpa Lahiri and Ruth Ozeki.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Kelly Ripa's penthouse sells for $20M Kelly Ripa's penthouse sells for $20M
2
Jamie Foxx sued for allegedly stealing new song Jamie Foxx sued for allegedly stealing new song
3
Randy Travis makes rare public appearance after stroke Randy Travis makes rare public appearance after stroke
4
Polly Bergen, Emmy Award-winning actress, dies Polly Bergen, Emmy Award-winning actress, dies
5
Colin Farrell to star in second season of 'True Detective' Colin Farrell to star in second season of 'True Detective'
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback