I can’t wait to read The Luminaries; it sounds like a delicious autumn/winter novel! The author is the youngest winner of the Man Booker prize (which is given out to authors from the UK or Commonwealth countries), at just 28. The video above is of Eleanor reading from the first chapter of the book that’s a Victorian murder mystery with an astrological twist.
The 2013 prize-winning book follows Walter Moody during the gold rush in New Zealand, where Catton grew up. On a recent visit to PBS NewsHour, the author describes “The Luminaries” as having two hemispheres. The first is an “straightforward murder mystery.” The second she describes as more “hidden.” It houses the books “astrological dance,” the structure that Catton created to construct each character who is based on a certain zodiac sign. In their emotional lives, “they reflect what is happening in the skies at that time.”