|Eleanor (Ellie) Catton|
Eleanor Catton in 2012
24 September 1985 |
London, Ontario, Canada
|Notable work(s)||The Luminaries|
|Notable award(s)||2013 Man Booker Prize|
Catton was born in Canada where her New Zealand father was a graduate student completing his doctorate at the University of Western Ontario. She grew up in Christchurch after her family returned to New Zealand when she was six years old, although she spent a year living in Leeds where she attended Lawnswood School. She referred to this experience as "amazing, but a real eye opener" due to the toughness of the environment. She attended Burnside High School, studied English at the University of Canterbury, and completed a Master's degree in Creative Writing at The Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington.
Catton's second novel, The Luminaries, was published in 2013. The novel is set on the goldfields of New Zealand in 1866. It was shortlisted for and subsequently won the 2013 Man Booker Prize making Catton, at the age of 28, the youngest author ever to win the Booker. She was previously, at the age of 27, the youngest author ever to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
At 832 pages, The Luminaries is the longest work to win the prize in its 45-year history. The chair of the judges, Robert Macfarlane commented "It's a dazzling work. It's a luminous work. It is vast without being sprawling." Catton was presented with the prize by the Duchess of Cornwall on 15 October 2013 at Guildhall.
In November 2013 Catton was awarded the Canadian Governor General's Literary Award for fiction for The Luminaries.
Awards and honours
- 2007 Adam Award in Creative Writing for The Rehearsal 
- 2007 Sunday Star-Times (NZ) Short Story Competition for Necropolis
- 2008 Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship at the Iowa Writers' Workshop 
- 2008 Louis Johnson New Writers' Bursary 
- 2009 Betty Trask Award for The Rehearsal 
- 2009 New Zealand Society of Authors Hubert Church (Montana) Best First Book Award for Fiction for The Rehearsal
- 2009 Guardian First Book Award shortlist for The Rehearsal 
- 2009 Orange Prize longlist for The Rehearsal 
- 2010 Amazon.ca First Novel Award for The Rehearsal 
- 2013 Man Booker Prize for The Luminaries
- 2013 Governor General's Award for English-language fiction for The Luminaries 
- 2014 Walter Scott Prize shortlist for The Luminaries
- The Rehearsal, a novel, first published Victoria University Press, Wellington, 2008. Published in Germany by Arche Verlag, Hamburg; translated by Barbara Schaden 2010 ISBN 978-3-7160-2632-8
- The Luminaries, Granta Books/Victoria University Press (2013) ISBN 978-1-84708-431-6
Other published works
- Short stories published in Best New Zealand Fiction Vol. 5 (2008), Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories (August 2009), and Granta (106, Summer 2009).
- "Eleanor Catton". Woman's Hour. 9 September 2013. BBC Radio 4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b039pdsy. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
- Tivnan, Tom (15 October 2013). "Eleanor Catton Interview". The Bookseller. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
- Cochrane, Kira (7 September 2013). "Eleanor Catton: 'I'm strongly influenced by box-set TV drama. At last the novel has found its screen equivalent'". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
- McEvoy, Mark (14 September 2013). "Interview: Eleanor Catton". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
- McKay, Carla (21 July 2009). "Eleanor Catton: The Rehearsal". Daily Mail. DMG Media. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
- "Ursula Bethell Residency in Creative Writing". Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- Clarkson, Annie (4 August 2009). "‘I am still astonished and a little bit suspicious that The Rehearsal has even been published’ – An Interview with Eleanor Catton | Bookmunch". Bookmunch. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
- Morris, Linda (11 September 2013). "Eleanor Catton youngest author ever shortlisted for Booker". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
- Masters, Tim (15 October 2013). "Man Booker Prize: Eleanor Catton becomes youngest winner with The Luminaries". BBC News. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
- Eleanor Catton honoured with Canadian literary award. 3 News NZ. 15 November 2013.
- 3 News NZ. 31 December 2013.
- "Victoria University to confer honorary doctorate on Eleanor Catton". Victoria University of Wellington. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- "Eleanor Catton's success is written in the stars". The Herald. Newsquest. 7 September 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
- "How Catton's life changed after Man Booker win". Stuff.co.nz. 18 March 2014.
- Adam Award Winners
- "Contributor information from Granta magazine".
- Betty Trask Award Winners
- NZ Society of Authors Awards
- "Guardian first book award". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. 28 November 2009. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
- "Eleanor Catton on Orange Prize long list". Stuff.co.nz. NZPA. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
-  Amazon.ca: First Novel Award Books, April 2011
- "Eleanor Catton wins Governor General’s Literary Award for The Luminaries". Toronto Star, November 13, 2013.
- "Walter Scott Prize Shortlist 2014". Walter Scott Prize. 4 April 2014. Retrieved May 27, 2014.
- "Interview with Eleanor Catton", The New Zealand Herald, September 2013
- Radio interview on The Bat Segundo Show, 71 minutes, 2013
- A collection of interviews with Catton, on the Radio New Zealand National website
- Profile of Catton on the New Zealand Book Council website
- Catton's author profile on the Granta website
- Catton's author profile on the Victoria University Press website