Eleanor Catton reads an excerpt from “The Luminaries” at the PBS NewsHour studios.
Eleanor Catton started writing “The Luminaries” when she was 25. At 28, she is now the youngest author to ever win the Man Booker Prize and her novel is the longest to be awarded.
The 2013 prize-winning book follows Walter Moody during the gold rush in New Zealand, where Catton grew up. On a recent visit to PBS NewsHour, the author describes “The Luminaries” as having two hemispheres. The first is an “straightforward murder mystery.” The second she describes as more “hidden.” It houses the books “astrological dance,” the structure that Catton created to construct each character who is based on a certain zodiac sign. In their emotional lives, “they reflect what is happening in the skies at that time.”
Watch chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown’s in-depth interview with Eleanor Catton about “The Luminaries” and the meaning of her win.