Awards and Prizes
Man Booker Prize 2013
Eleanor Catton, 28, New Zealand author won the Man Booker
prize 2013 for her second novel entitled The Luminaries, published by Granta, on
15 October 2013. The prize was given at London’s Guildhall by The Duchess of
Cornwall. Eleanor Catton was given a trophy, and Emmanuel Roman along with 50000
It is very important to note that she is the last winner of
the Man Booker Prize which is presently confined to the writers from the
Commonwealth nations, Zimbabwe, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The Commonwealth
of Nations (or just Commonwealth Nations) is actually an intergovernmental
organisation of 53 member states which were mostly the territories of the
British Empire. From 2014, the Man Booker Prize will be opened for the writers
from all over the world, provided that the book is in English language. Eleanor
Catton is the youngest novelist to win this literary prize.
Apart from this, she has also set the record of the longest winning novel-
The Luminaries which is of 852 pages.
About Eleanor Catton
- Eleanor Catton is the New Zealand author who was born in the year 1985.
- She went to the Burnside High School and studied English at the
University of Canterbury. She completed her Master’s in Creative Writing at
The Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington.
- In the year 2008, she was awarded the fellowship to the Iowa Writers’
- In the year 2009, she was described as the 2009 golden girl of fiction.
- In the year, 2011, she was the Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence at the
University of Canterbury.
- Her debut novel was The Rehearsal, in the year 2008. It was written as a
part of her Master’s thesis.
- Her second novel entitled The Luminaries was published in the year 2013,
for which she also won the Man Booker Prize 2013.
- Her first book The Rehearsal (2008) was shortlisted for the Guardian
First Book Award as well as for the Dylan Thomas Prize. It was also
longlisted for the Orange Prize.
Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur
Anjali Gopalan on 25 October 2013 was awarded with French
highest civilian award Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur. She was awarded for her
work on transgenders and HIV positive patients. She was awarded at a function,
by Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the French Cabinet Minister for Women’s Right.