Eleanor Catton, 28 years of age, has won the prestigious 2013 Man Booker Prize for her novel The Illuminaries (Fic/C36913) . She is the youngest person to have won the award.
Although weighing in at over 800 pages , this novel captured the jurists. According to The Guardian, critic Stuart Kelly (one of the Man Booker judges), said that it was her ability to “make the novel think in a way that the novel doesn’t do normally” that set her apart; the way that, for example, she sets astrology and capitalism into play as competing systems of dealing with the world, but at the same time has produced “a rip-roaring read”. “The prize went to the true avant-gardist,” he said. “No novel has been like this before.”
Born in Canada, Eleanor Catton moved to New Zealand at 6 years of age. The daughter of a philosopher and a librarian, Eleanor is the second New Zealander to win this award. If we consider her Canadian roots, she has followed in the footsteps of Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Atwood and Yann Martel (who visited the library in 2002).
The Globe and Mail has written a wonderful article about Eleanor’s achievement: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/canadian-born-author-eleanor-catton-wins-prestigious-man-booker-prize/article14872475/