The Luminaries by Eleanor CattonIn a much pompous ceremony, Eleanor Catton was announced as the winner of Man Booker Prize for fiction 2013 for her epic novel The Luminaries. The novel consist of 852 pages which sets a record of longest winning novel.

The prize was announced by Robert Macfarlane, Chair of the panel of judges, live on BBC News from London’s Guildhall. The Duchess of Cornwall presented Ms. Catton with a trophy, and Emmanuel Roman, Chief Executive of Man presented her with a cheque for £50,000.

elenor catton man booker prizeThe Luminaries by Elenor Catton was a mysteries novel set in 19th century of New Zealand. It was one of the hot favorite for the award. This is the second novel written by Eleanor. Her debut novel The Rehearsal (2008) was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize, and longlisted for the Orange Prize.

The other shortlisted nominees for 2013 were Harvest, by Jim Crace; The Last Testament of Mary, a 100-page novella by Colm Toibin; A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki; The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri; and We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo.

All the novel shortlisted were the best in their own way. They are loved equally and are best seller. It is that one gets the award but they are all winner in the literary point of view for producing such fine fictions.

Congratulation to Eleanor Catton to be the youngest writer to enter into the Booker Club.

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