Oct 15, 2013
By Michael Kramer
Another great honour for an Ontario-born writer.
Eleanor Catton has won the Man Booker Prize for fiction.
The New Zealand-based author claimed the award for her historical epic “The Luminaries” at a ceremony in London.
Catton was born in London, Ontario while her dad was studying at the University of Western Ontario.
Catton left for New Zealand at age six.
Her novel – set in the gold mines of 1866 New Zealand, beat out five other finalists for the Booker prize.
They include British Columbia-based writer Ruth Ozeki.
The Booker, which is worth $80,000 was founded in 1969 and is open to British, Irish and Commonwealth authors.