The Luminaries Go ahead and call Eleanor Catton a prodigy. At 28, she's the youngest author ever to win Britain's prestigious Man Booker Prize for The Luminaries… The Luminaries Go ahead and call Eleanor Catton a prodigy. At 28, she's the youngest author ever to win Britain's prestigious Man Booker Prize for The Luminaries… 2013-10-15 Fiction Little, Brown and Company
Book Review

The Luminaries (2013)

AN ILLUMINATING TALENT Young author Eleanor Catton makes every word count and fly by in the 848-page The Luminaries
AN ILLUMINATING TALENT Young author Eleanor Catton makes every word count and fly by in the 848-page The Luminaries
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Oct 15, 2013; Writer: Eleanor Catton; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Go ahead and call Eleanor Catton a prodigy. At 28, she's the youngest author ever to win Britain's prestigious Man Booker Prize for The Luminaries, which warrants every one of its imposing — yet surprisingly breezy — 848 pages. Set in a New Zealand gold-mining town in 1866, this epic yarn about a motley crew of 12 men and their attempts to solve a series of local mysteries reads like an actual Victorian novel. Not a high-minded one destined to be taught in schools, but a genuinely pleasurable romp meant to absorb you for days and days. A-

Originally posted Nov 06, 2013 Published in issue #1285 Nov 15, 2013 Order article reprints