Eleanor Catton


The Luminaries

The Rehearsal


Eleanor Catton was born in 1985 in Canada and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. She won the 2007 Sunday Star-Times short-story competition, the 2008 Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship to the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the 2008 Louis Johnson New Writers' Bursary and was named as one of Amazon's Rising Stars in 2009. Her debut novel, The Rehearsal, won the Betty Trask Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the Prix Femina literature award, the abroad category of the Prix Médicis, the University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize 2010 and Stonewall's Writer of the Year Award 2011, and longlisted for the Orange Prize 2010. In 2010 she was awarded the New Zealand Arts Foundation New Generation Award.

Eleanor's second novel The Luminaries, will be published by Granta in September 2013.


02/04/2014, 6pm

Eleanor Catton at UEA's Spring Literary Festival

Eleanor Catton will be discussing her Man Booker Prize winning novel, The Luminaries, at the University of East Anglia's Spring Literary Festival 2014.
Lecture Theatre 1, University of East Anglia, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ

03/04/2014, 7pm

After the Gold Rush: Eleanor Catton in conversation with Robert Macfarlane

Last October, the New Zealand novelist Eleanor Catton became the youngest ever winner of the Man Booker Prize. Her epic 832-page murder mystery The Luminaries, set in the New Zealand gold rush of 1866, has been praised as 'dazzling, luminous, vast', 'carefully executed, relentlessly clever, easy to read', and 'breathtakingly ambitious'. The novel, which each of the Man Booker judges read three times, combines intricate plotting with compassionate wisdom about the human condition. At an exclusive London event - jointly hosted by the RSL, the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts and Intelligent Life magazine - Robert Macfarlane, bestselling travel writer and chair of the 2013 Man Booker judges, interviews Catton for the first time. He asks how she did it, and what comes next.
The Union Chapel, Compton Avenue, London, N1 2XD

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