theladylovesbooks star rating The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

The youngest ever ManBooker Prize winner is a woman!

Yippee! I am delighted that Eleanor Catton has won the 2013 Man Booker Prize.  Such youth!  Such talent!  Bring on the new generation of literary greats!  Here’s what I wrote about her in my shortlist round-up a little while back:

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Granta): What she lacks in years —a youthful 28-years-old — she makes up for on page numbers, 832!  This is just her second novel.  She caused a stir with her first, The Rehearsal, writing about a sex scandal at a New Zealand high school.  The Luminaries is set in the country’s South Island during the 19th century gold rush. It’s part mystery, part crime, part old school storytelling.  I loved it, and I’d love to see her win the Booker.

Three hours after winning her Twitter account @EleanorCatton had just over 2,000 followers, today she has over 4,600.  A small indication of how her life will be changed now she’s won the Booker… Well done Eleanor and well done Granta.

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