On Thursday, 1 August, 2013 at 6:00pm Time Out Bookstore in Auckland’s Mt Eden were proud to host the Auckland launch of the 2013 Man Booker Prize winner, The Luminaries (Victoria University Press). Launched in style by her New Zealand publisher, Fergus Barrowman of Victoria University Press the launch was a total sell out of hardback copies of the book available on the night. Time Out Bookstore went on to sell 87 copies of the hardback in total, nearly a tenth of the total print run of 1000 which is now out of print.
A capacity crowd turned out in force to support the growing buzz around Eleanor Catton’s second novel, after 2008’s widely acclaimed The Rehearsal. Eleanor spoke eloquently about the twin importance of pounamu and gold to the novel’s plot.
The youngest Man Booker winner in the prize’s 45-year history (she is 28 but completed The Luminaries aged 27) has triumphed with the longest ever Man Booker winning novel (832 pages). Catton is just the second New Zealander to win the prize, the first being Keri Hulme with The Bone People in 1985 (the year Eleanor Catton was born).
The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world’s most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers.
The Luminaries is available in-store at $35, paperback.
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