New Zealand author Eleanor Catton has, at the age of 28, become the youngest ever winner of the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for her novel, The Luminaries. Her 832-page tale of the 19th-century goldfields is also the longest work to win in the prize’s 45-year history. The Luminaries is the longest ever Booker winner, beating Hilary Mantel’s 672-page Wolf Hall which won in 2009. Eleanor Catton was born in Canada and raised in New Zealand. She currently lives in Auckland. Catton began writing the novel at the age of 25 and completed it when she was 27. She turned 28 last month.
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