Catton
2015 Longlist

The Luminaries

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On 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. 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 and will confirm for critics and readers that Catton is one of the brightest stars in the international writing firmament.

(from publisher)

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2013. A bold neo-Victorian murder mystery set in a remote gold-mining frontier town in nineteenth-century New Zealand, in which three unsolved crimes link the fates and fortunes of twelve men. Dickens meets Deadwood in this irresistible, masterful and compelling tour de force.

Readers undaunted by the epic length of The Luminaries are rewarded with a host of memorable characters whose interconnections are gradually revealed, and an intriguing mystery gradually untangled as the narrative pace increases. Described by Robert McFarlane, the Man Booker Prize Chair of Judges as “awesome in its structured complexity, and addictive in its story telling”, The Luminaries also won Canada’s Governor General’s Award for English Fiction.

The Luminaries is the longest book and the youngest author ever to win the Man Booker Prize. The novel evokes the mid-19th century world of shipping, banking and the gold rush boom. A brilliantly constructed ghost story, intense and full of surprises.

The Luminaries is a door stopper of a book full of twists and surprises. Set in New Zealand in the gold rush years, Eleanor Catton transports the reader into 1866 and the narrative keeps the reader turning the page for more. It is a hefty read but it is written so well, you don’t realise its length.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Eleanor
Catton

ELEANOR CATTON is the author of The Luminaries (Granta, 2013), winner of the Man Booker Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award and an international bestseller. Her debut novel, The Rehearsal (Granta, 2009), won a Betty Trask Award, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize, and longlisted for the Orange Prize. As a screenwriter, she adapted The Luminaries for television, and Jane Austen’s Emma for feature film. Born in 1985 in Canada and raised in New Zealand, she now lives in Cambridge, England. Photo Credit: Murdo Macleod

ELEANOR CATTON is the author of The Luminaries (Granta, 2013), winner of the Man Booker Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award and an international bestseller. Her debut novel, The Rehearsal (Granta, 2009), won a Betty Trask Award, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize, and longlisted for the Orange Prize. As a screenwriter, she adapted The Luminaries for television, and Jane Austen’s Emma for feature film. Born in 1985 in Canada and raised in New Zealand, she now lives in Cambridge, England. Photo Credit: Murdo Macleod

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

 

This book was really nominated by our readers and borrowers. We have over 500 copies and they are all on loan, with a waiting list of over 200 people. It’s an enthralling novel which is reintroducing the pleasure of a long, thoughtful read, despite the times!

Engrossing, complex and very clever.

A complex and vividly drawn portrayal of life in 1860s New Zealand.

The Luminaries is a complex, multifaceted and compelling tale. Beautiful language breathes life into a raw, memorable cast of characters and events, skilfully evoking a strong sense of time and place.

This original historic novel set on the West Coast of New Zealand, is a brilliantly constructed, witty, thriller by a highly accomplished writer.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
01/08/2013
Publisher
Granta

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