Eleanor Catton


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. In 2013, her second novel The Luminaries won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Read the full text of Eleanor Catton's Booker Prize acceptance speech

Listen to Eleanor Catton discussing The Luminaries with Adam Spencer on ABC Local Radio

Books by Eleanor Catton

The Luminaries

Published: July 2014

The 2013 Man Booker winner and 2014 ABIA International Book of the Year - now in celestial new livery.

The Rehearsal

Published: April 2010

An exhilarating and provocative novel about the unsimple mess of human desire .

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