Youngest Author, Longest Book Print

The image of a woman's face, partially visible as seen through circles portraying what appears to be the phases of the moon

This year's Man Booker Prizes goes to Eleanor Catton for her novel The Luminaries, a murder mystery set during the 1860s New Zealand Gold Rush.  Catton, a New Zealander, makes Booker Prize history in being the youngest award recipient (she was 27 when she completed the novel) and in having written the longest award-winning novel.  (Reading a print version of the 800+ page novel could be considered exercise.)  Robert Macfarlane, chair of the judging panel, says of it: "Maturity is evident in every sentence, in the rhythms and balances. It is a novel of astonishing control."  The Luminaries was released in the U.S. yesterday (10/15) by Little, Brown and is Ms. Catton's second novel.