24 Jul 2013

NZ author makes Man Booker Prize long list

11:35 am on 24 July 2013

A New Zealand author is among the 13-strong long list for this year's Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Eleanor Catton has made the list with her second novel, The Luminaries, which will be published in September.

Catton was born in Canada in 1985 and raised in Christchurch. She was the 2007 winner of the Sunday Star-Times short story competition and her first novel, The Rehearsal, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.

At 28, she is the youngest author on this year's long list, where she joins literary luminaries such as Colm Tóibín and Jim Crace, who have both previously been shortlisted.

Revealing the list on Tuesday, chair of judges Robert Macfarlane described it "surely as the most diverse long list in Man Booker history."

The list also includes authors from Britain, Zimbabwe, Canada, Australia, Malaysia and Ireland, the BBC reports.

A shortlist of six will be unveiled on 10 September and the £50,000 prize winner announced on 15 October.

The Booker prize has only once been won by a New Zealander, when Keri Hulme took the award in 1985 for The Bone People.