New Zealand novelist Eleanor Catton has been awarded the 2013 Man Booker Prize for The Luminaries.
With the The Luminaries, Catton beat out fellow shortlisted authors NoViolet Bulwayo (We Need New Names); Jim Crace (Harvest); Jhumpa Lahiri (The Lowland); Ruth Ozeki (A Tale for the Time Being); and Colm Tóibín (The Testament of Mary). Published by Little, Brown, The Luminaries went on-sale in the U.S. today.
Catton's award marks the last Booker Prize given before a rule change goes into effect, which will open the award to American authors.To date, the prize was limited to citizens of the Commonwealth. At 28-years-old, she is also the youngest ever recipient of the award.
Catton received a £50,000 prize, which was presented at a ceremony at London’s Guildhall.