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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Eleanor Catton Becomes Youngest Booker Winner For The Luminaries

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Eleanor Catton won the Booker Prize for her book 'The Luminaries' on the 15th of October 2013, becoming, at 28, the youngest Booker Prize winner in the history of Britain's most prestigious book award.

Born in Canada and raised in New Zealand, she started working on the novel when she was 25 and completed it at 27. Though stunned at being announced the winner and describing her work as 'a publisher's nightmare', the book was described as 'dazzling' by the jury.

With 848 pages to read, the book is also the longest book to ever have won a Booker.

Her first novel, 'The Rehearsal', was nominated for various awards including the Orange Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize.

- Debolina Raja Gupta