Hooray for a fellow Kiwi on winning this year's Man Booker Prize! I can't believe that Eleanor Catton is only 28 years old! That makes her the youngest person to ever win the prestigious award. You go girl! How awesome would that be to put in your CV?
Oh, and here's another factoid for you. At 800+ pages, "The Luminaries" is the longest novel to win the award. It's pretty huge. It's actually a little daunting to look at. I mean, I kept putting off reading "Wolf Hall" due to its sheer size - which is a pretty stupid reason to not read a book over... and "Wolf Hall" is now the second longest book to win the award...
Anyway, I'll stop waffling on and share the blurb with you on the inside cover:
It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the West Coast goldfields. On the night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous sum of money has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.
Does it sound like something you'd read?
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