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The Luminaries

The Luminaries (Paperback)

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Read our interview with Eleanor, in which she talks about the astrological forces that shaped The Luminaries, the influence of Twin Peaks on her writing and how not to cook fishcakes.

It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore 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 patterned as the night sky. The Luminaries is an extraordinary piece of fiction. It is full of narrative, linguistic and psychological pleasures, and has a fiendishly clever and original structuring device. Written in pitch-perfect historical register, richly evoking a mid-19th century world of shipping and banking and goldrush boom and bust, it is also a ghost story, and a gripping mystery. It is a thrilling achievement and will confirm for critics and readers that Catton is one of the brightest stars in the international writing firmament.

Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersHistorical mysteriesFiction & PoetryHistorical FictionFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Granta Books Publication Date: 03/04/2014 ISBN-13: 9781847084323  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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ELEANOR CATTON was born in 1985 in Canada and raised in New Zealand. Her debut novel The Rehearsal garnered prizes and acclaim around the world, including the 2009 Betty Trask Award. It has since been published in 17 territories and 12 languages. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she also held an adjunct professorship, and an MA in fiction writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

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A fabulous mix of history, mystery and just a little hint of the paranormal, set in New Zealand at the height of the goldrush. The winner of the Man Booker Prize 2013, this lengthy but astonishing novel will grip you from the first sentence and hold you on course to an amazing ending. A must for all lovers of great literature.

Matt, Grand Central Birmingham

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 09/05/2016

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