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After the gold rush

2013 Man Booker Winner Eleanor Catton in conversation with Robert Macfarlane.

Last October, the New Zealand novelist Eleanor Catton became the youngest ever winner of the Man Booker Prize. Her epic 832-page murder mystery The Luminaries, set in the New Zealand gold rush of 1866, has been praised as ‘dazzling, luminous, vast’, ‘carefully executed, relentlessly clever, easy to read’, and ‘breathtakingly ambitious’. The novel, which each of the Man Booker judges read three times, combines intricate plotting with compassionate wisdom about the human condition. At an exclusive London event – jointly hosted by the RSL, the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts and Intelligent Life magazine – Robert Macfarlane, bestselling travel writer and chair of the 2013 Man Booker judges, interviews Catton for the first time. He asks how she did it, and what comes next.


Eleanor Catton | talks
Robert Macfarlane | talks


Date and Time:

3 April 2014 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Union Chapel
Compton Av,
N1 2XD

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Organised by:

The Royal Society of Literature
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