Tuesday, Eleanor Catton, won the 2013 Man Booker Prize much to her own amazement; Catton is the author of “The Luminaries”. She won the award and $80,000 for her efforts, according to the New York Times.
The Man Booker Prize is the highest literary honor in Britain and Catton, 28, is the youngest writer to win the coveted prize, according to USA Today. Her novel, “The Luminaries” is 832 pages long and it is the longest to work to have won the Man Booker Prize; the novel is about the gold rush in 1866 and includes a murder mystery.
During her acceptance speech Tuesday night, Catton said that her novel was a publishing nightmare and she sincerely thanked all of her editors. This was Catton’s second novel. Her winning novel includes the “excitement of storytelling,” reported Publishers Weekly.
The Man Booker Prize has undergone numerous changes over the last few years and beginning next year, the Man Booker Prize will be open to any novel that is written in English from any nation in the world.
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Sources: The New York Times and USA Today