Eleanor Catton, a 28-year-old New Zealander (born in Canada), has won the Booker Prize for her 832-page novel The Luminaries (currently on the shelf at the UC Library!), which takes place during the 1860s New Zealand gold rush.
Many people are understandably concerned about the future of the Booker Prize, after it was announced last month that U.S. authors will be eligible as of next year. If Julian Barnes’s predictions are correct, it will be a long time before such a young author wins again. (Barnes won the 2011 Booker for The Sense of an Ending.)
The other shortlisted books for this year’s Booker were A Tale for the Time Being (Ruth Ozeki), The Lowland (Jhumpa Lahiri), We Need New Names (NoViolet Bulawayo), Harvest (Jim Crace), and The Testament of Mary (Colm Toibin).