LONDON – New Zealand author Eleanor Catton has won fictions Booker Prize for The Luminaries, an ambitious 832-page murder mystery set during a 19th-century gold rush.
At 28, Catton is the youngest writer and only the second New Zealander to win the prestigious award – and her novel is easily the longest.
Catton had been bookmakers joint favorite among the six prize finalists, alongside British novelist Jim Crace, for his rural parable The Harvest.
Founded in 1969, the award is open to British, Irish and Commonwealth authors. That is about to change – beginning next year, Americans and other English-language writers will be able to enter as well.
– Associated Press