Since Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker win was announced, there has been a deluge of media coverage. For those interested in learning more about the work and its author, sifting through it all can be a bit of a challenge. Below I’ve outlined a few of the most interesting pieces celebrating Catton’s achievement, as well as a few others that provide context on the Man Booker Prize itself.
A nice overview with some surprising items.
The Guardian: “From the very first award in 1969 up to last year’s prize, a judge from each year of the Booker gave us the inside story on how they reached their decision.”
This post from Stuff.co.nz provides context regarding how winning the Man Booker can change a book’s sales and, in turn, a writer’s life.
My favourite bit of this interview is when Catton discusses how helpful it can be for literary fiction writers to read Children’s books.
This interview with The Telegraph provides greater depth regarding the astrology-influenced structure of The Luminaries
This piece from The New Zealand Listener is the most in-depth profile of Catton I’ve yet to come across.
A lovely Guardian piece in which Catton describes her childhood in New Zealand. It also looks at the inability of language to accurately capture the sublime.