facebook
twitter
search
search

'The Luminaries' wins Man Booker Prize

Oct. 16, 2013 at 11:01 AM

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.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
End of an era: 'General Hospital' bids farewell to Anthony Geary's iconic Luke Spencer
Jennifer Lopez celebrates 46th birthday in sheer dress
Blake Shelton cuts post-divorce concert short due to lightning
'Key & Peele' to end its run on Comedy Central after five seasons
Khloe Kardashian denies cocaine was used at Kylie Jenner's party