In conversation with Eleanor Catton

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton's novel The Luminaries has won the Man Booker prize for English language literature.

Catton, 28, is only the second New Zealander, and the youngest author ever, to win the presitigious literary award. She is also the youngest short-listed writer in the competition's 45-year history.

The prize, announced at a ceremony in London, carries a cheque for £50,000. The Luminaries is a murder mystery set on the West Coast during the 1860s gold rush that relies on an astrological narrative. It follows in the footsteps of Mr Pip by Lloyd Jones, which was shortlisted in 2007, and The Bone People by Keri Hulme, which won in 1985.

Here's a collection of Radio New Zealand's interviews with Eleanor Catton from recent years.

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  • Big Year interview - Eleanor Catton ( 28′ 34″ )

    New Zealand author Eleanor Catton whose second novel, The Luminaries, won the 2013 Man Booker Prize.

    From Nine To Noon on 24 Dec 2013

  • Author Eleanor Catton's favourite song ( 2′ 3″ )

    As she takes a break from a hectic time of book promotions, events and media interviews - she's been listening to music - and one song in particular.

    From Summer Report on 31 Dec 2013

  • Eleanor Catton on winning the Man Booker Prize ( 7′ 43″ )

    Eleanor Catton on the phone from London after having been announced as the winner of the Man Booker Prize.

    From Nine To Noon on 16 Oct 2013

  • Max Porter: editing and publishing ( 28′ 23″ )

    Editor at Granta Books whose first publishing project was The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.

    From Saturday Morning on 15 Mar 2014

  • Playing Favourites with Eleanor Catton ( 41′ 42″ )

    Graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and now lecturer in creative writing at the Manukau Institute of Technology, whose second novel, The Luminaries, has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

    From Saturday Morning on 03 Aug 2013

  • Feature Guest - Eleanor Catton ( 31′ 29″ )

    Young NZ author who has spent the year as an adjunct professor at the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop, while continuing to pick up literary awards for her debut novel,"The Rehearsal". She has also just been named as one of the winners of a $25,000 New Generation Award from the Arts Foundation of New Zealand.

    From Nine To Noon on 15 Dec 2010

  • Eleanor Catton: writing rehearsal ( 12′ 15″ )

    Author of debut novel The Rehearsal, which has been sold to publishers in the UK, the USA, and Europe, and is a finalist in the Fiction and First Book categories at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards.

    From Saturday Morning on 13 Jun 2009

  • Try Something New - Book Clubs ( 22′ 1″ )

    We drop in on a long established Wellington book club where New Zealand author Eleanor Catton's novel 'The Rehearsal' made quite an impression.

    From Kiwi Summer on 04 Jan 2012

  • Writers Block: Eleanor Catton ( 14′ 20″ )

    Lynn talks to Eleanor Catton about her book, 'The Rehearsal'.

    From Arts on Sunday on 06 Jul 2008

  • The Musical Pen ( 20′ 21″ )

    Publisher and jazz reviewer Fergus Barrowman explains why putting music into words is probably the hardest form of writing there is; jazz pianist Norman Meehan explains why it helps to be a musician - but not always; novelist Eleanor Catton reads from her award-winning first book The Rehearsal and reviewer Simon Sweetman speaks about what he feels music reviewers should offer the reader.

    From Radio NZ National Music on 03 Aug 2012

Eleanor Catton Booker Prize winner
Photograph © Robert Catto.