It has just been announced that Eleanor Catton has won this year’s Man Booker Prize for her novel ‘The Luminaries’. Not only is she the youngest ever winner of the prestigious prize at the age of just 28, the book is also the longest ever to win at 832 pages. Her productivity levels are simply incredible – I feel exhausted just thinking about it. A favourite to win the prize alongside ‘Harvest’ by Jim Crace, ‘The Luminaries’ tells the story of Walter Moody, a man aiming to make his fortune in the New Zealand gold rush in the 1860s, who comes across a secret gathering of twelve local men discussing a series of unsolved crimes. It seems like quite a departure from her first novel ‘The Rehearsal’ which is about the aftermath of an affair between a teacher and a high school student. I got a copy of ‘The Rehearsal’ signed by Catton at the Booker Prize shortlist readings event on Sunday and will be reading it very soon. It may take me a while to get round to reading ‘The Luminaries’. However, I have heard that in spite of its exceptional length and intricate plot, the novel has been widely praised for its readability so I will try not to put it off for too long. Many congratulations to Eleanor and to all of the other shortlisted authors. I am looking forward to investigating more of the shortlisted and longlisted books in the future.