In conversation with Eleanor Catton

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

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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Eleanor Catton Booker Prize winner
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