It’s official, dear readers! The winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize is The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton! The announcement was made on the BBC News Channel and BBC World at approximately 9:50pm local time. The Luminaries, which is an historical fiction about a man who goes to New Zealand in 1866 to make his fortune in the goldfields and becomes drawn into the mystery surrounding a series of unsolved crimes, beat out five other titles for the award. These finalists were The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, Harvest by Jim Crace, The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, and We Need New Names, by NoViolet Bulawayo. In addition to the prestige that comes with winning the Man Booker Prize, Catton also will receive £50,000.
Congratulations Eleanor Catton!