My book was a publisher's nightmare: Booker winner

London/Wellington, Oct 16 : The 2013 Man Booker Prize winner, Eleanor Catton of New Zealand said the prize is all the more incredible because her book has been a publisher's nightmare from the very beginning.

"The shape and form of the book made certain kinds of editorial suggestions not only mathematically impossible, but even more egregious, astrologically impossible," Xinhua quoted Catton as saying while accepting the award Tuesday.

Catton, 28, has become the youngest winner of the prestigious award for her novel, 'The Luminaries'.

Catton is only the second New Zealander to win the award, the first being Keri Hulme with 'The Bone People' in 1985. She is also the youngest short-listed writer in the competition's 45-year history.

The prize, announced at a ceremony in London, carries a cheque for NZUSD 95,000 (USD 78,000).

The judges said Catton's book, which beat five other contenders, is an exuberant and dazzling homage to Victorian sensation novels.

'The Luminaries' is a murder mystery set on the West Coast of the US during the 1860s gold rush that relies on an astrological narrative.

It follows in the footsteps of 'Pip' by Lloyd Jones, which was short-listed in 2007, and Hulme's 'The Bone People'.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said Wednesday that winning the Booker Prize is a hugely significant achievement on the world stage for a New Zealander.

--IANS (Posted on 16-10-2013)

world-news headlines

UN urges UK to address violence against women

Nigeria: UN seeks immediate release of abducted school girls

UNAIDS names Brazilian footballer as Goodwill Ambassador

Argentina violated rights of prisoner with disabilities: UN

UNSC marks 20th anniversary of Rwandan genocide

UN seeks emergency funds to aid civilians fleeing CAR

South Sudan: UN concerned over swelling number of refugees

Ban pushes for 2015 global agreement on disaster risk

DR Congo: UN condemns attack on Virunga National Park director

Unrest in eastern Ukraine risks entire country: UN

South Korea: 4 killed in ferry sinking

New Zealand to expand military links with China

Quick Links: Goa | Munnar | Pondicherry | Free Yearly Horoscope '2014


Your e-mail:

Your Full Name:

Type verification image:
verification image, type it in the box


Back to Top