Bubbles to celebrate historic Kiwi book win

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Staff members and visitors to the Oamaru Public Library broke out the bubbles yesterday and lifted their glasses to the historic win by New Zealand writer Eleanor Catton who was awarded the Man Booker Prize 2013 for her book The Luminaries.

The announcement was made in London yesterday and Catton was presented with her award by Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall.

The Luminaries is Catton’s second novel and is a murder story set in the 19th century West Coast gold rush era.

Waitaki District Library manager Philip van Zijl likened the win to a “landing on the moon”.

“This author is only 28 years of age and she has won the biggest literary prize in the English speaking world,” he said.

“The win will open doors for New Zealand authors overseas; doors which have previously been closed.”

Mr van Zijl said there was already a waiting list to borrow the book and the library would be purchasing additional copies.

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