Eleanor Catton wins Man Booker Prize for English fiction

BEIJING, Oct. 17 — New Zealand author, Eleanor Catton has won the 2013 Man Booker prize for English fiction for her novel “The Luminaries”. The 28-year-old becomes the youngest winner in the award’s 45-year history.
Chair of judges, Robert Macfarlane, described Catton’s second novel set in the New Zealand goldfields of 1866 as “dazzling and very, very clever”.
The story tells the tale of Walter Moody, who arrives in the goldfields to seek his fortune. Moody is drawn into a mystery there: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.
On top of a 50 thousand pounds sterling prize, Catton will enjoy instant global recognition that usually precedes a catapult in book sales.