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Eleanor Catton lands NZ New Year Honour

Tuesday 31 Dec 2013 8:34 a.m.

The Luminaries author Eleanor Catton (Reuters)

The Luminaries author Eleanor Catton (Reuters)

Eleanor Catton's golden year will close with a bang, with another honour added to her growing haul of awards.

The 28-year-old is made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours - a sweet end to a year that saw her become the youngest ever winner of the Man Booker prize for her novel The Luminaries.

The Canadian-born New Zealander also scooped the Canadian Governor General's Literary award, worth $C25,000 ($NZ28,600) in November.

Ms Catton was born in Canada and moved to New Zealand when she was six.

At 834 pages, the murder mystery set during the New Zealand gold rush was the longest ever Man Booker winner.

The plot is based on the signs of the zodiac, with each chapter half as long as the one before.

Her 2008 debut novel, The Rehearsal, won a number of awards and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.


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