MAN-BOOKER FICTION PRIZE GOES TO ONTARIO-BORN WRITER

Oct 15, 2013

By Michael Kramer

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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.

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