The Luminaries

The Luminaries

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It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 134 x 146mm | 565g
  • Audible/Bolinda Audio
  • Australia
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1486220320
  • 9781486220328
  • 1,542,807

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`Addictive [and] very clever.' -- The Times `A breathtakingly ambitious mystery ... Catton's playful and increasingly virtuosic denouement arrives at a conclusion that is as beautiful as it is triumphant.' -- The Daily Mail `A dream novel: stellar in every way.' -- The Economist 'A book to curl up with and devour, intricately plotted and extravagantly described, a pastiche of the Victorian sensation novel in the same smart yet playful vein as Sarah Waters.' -- The Guardian `An immense feat of structuring and plotting which means that this novel starts as a gentle stroll and ends with the exhilarating sense of running downhill ... Ambitious, intricate, spectacular.' -- The Independent
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About Eleanor Catton

Eleanor Catton was born in 1985 in Canada and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. She won the 2007 Sunday Star-Times short-story competition, the 2008 Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship to the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the 2008 Louis Johnson New Writers' Bursary and was named as one of Amazon's Rising Stars in 2009.

Her debut novel, The Rehearsal, won the Betty Trask Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the Prix Femina literature award, the abroad category of the Prix Medicis, the University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize 2010 and Stonewall's Writer of the Year Award 2011, and longlisted for the Orange Prize 2010. In 2010 she was awarded the New Zealand Arts Foundation New Generation Award.

Eleanor's second novel, The Luminaries, was published by Granta in September 2013 and won the Man Booker Prize the same year. Mark Meadows is a British actor with extensive theatre, film and TV credits, and is a frequent contributor to plays, musicals, narrations and readings for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. He has narrated around 80 audiobook titles and was a nominee for the 2013 Audible Narrator of the Year award. Mark also provided the voice of the ship's computer in Ridley Scott's Prometheus.
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Rating details

54,451 ratings
3.71 out of 5 stars
5 27% (14,502)
4 36% (19,832)
3 23% (12,610)
2 9% (4,904)
1 5% (2,603)
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