Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Group Read - THE LUMINARIES - Eleanor Catton

Winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize and Canada's Governor General's Literary Award, a breathtaking feat of storytelling where everything is connected, but nothing is as it seems....It is 1866, and young Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men who have met in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events: A wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely ornate as the night sky.

Richly evoking a mid-nineteenth-century world of shipping, banking, and gold rush boom and bus, The Luminaries is a brilliantly constructed, fiendishly clever ghost story and a gripping page-turner. It is a thrilling achievement for someone still in her midtwenties, and will confirm for critics and readers that Eleanor Catton is one of the brightest stars in the international writing firmament.

About the Author:

Eleanor Catton (born 1985) is a New Zealand author. Catton was born in Canada while her father, a New Zealand graduate, was completing a doctorate at the University of Western Ontario. She lived in Yorkshire until the age of 13, before her family settled in Canterbury, New Zealand. She studied English at the University of Canterbury, and completed a Master's in Creative Writing at The Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington. She wrote her first novel, The Rehearsal, as her master's thesis.


  1. This is a great choice for a group read. There's something for everyone: a mystery, history, character studies and an innovative structure. Jaywalker, I am sure that you will enjoy it if you can fit it in. I didn't find the 800 pages onerous, on the contrary, it's a page turner.

    1. I think I'll have to opt out. I still have a pile of books I have to get back to my friend, books from Christmas, and Hansard is going back early because of the state election.

    2. I didn't mean to pressure you, Jaywalker. I just didn't want you to be put off by the length (or the hype) as I'm confident that you'll enjoy it. Put it on you TBR list.

  2. No - I didn't feel pressured. I just don't have time at the moment. I will put it on my list!