Yesterday morning brought the highly exciting (understatement) early morning news that Eleanor Catton’s magnificent novel The Luminaries had won The Man Booker Prize for Fiction!
So this afternoon we celebrated with a selection of New Zealand food and drink, raising a glass to Eleanor and our friends Granta.
Granta’s enthusiasm for this book knew no bounds, proving to be highly infectious both with us and booksellers (John Purcell at Booktopia wrote of this enthusiasm) who have been fully behind this one from the start. Jon Page of Pages and Pages wrote that it was “a must for The Booker Prize” and Readings said it was “an epic voyage that is nothing less than masterly”.
While we were also rather invested in supporting fellow shortlisted book The Lowland, as Lou’s review will attest, this one felt very special – for a Kiwi (and a young one at that) to win with such an epic book has brought a huge amount of joy to us here at Onion HQ.