Sunday, November 3, 2013 | Categories: Features
Eleanor Catton poses for photographers in London after her October 2013 Man Booker Prize win (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
It opens in the smoking room of a local hotel, where twelve men are gathered for a mysterious meeting ... and the reader knows instantly that "Something is not right"!
The book is populated by a cast of crooks, wishful thinkers, gamblers, hookers and has beens.
It's a rollicking story of found, lost and stolen riches - oh, and a murder. Page by page, it keeps the reader on tenterhooks about what will happen next.
The Luminaries has just won this year's prestigious Man Booker Prize. The only other New Zealand novel to win a Booker was The Bone People by Keri Hulmes, which was published in 1985 - the year Eleanor Catton was born. Ms. Catton talks with The Sunday Edition's guest-host, Laura Lynch.