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Kiwi writer makes award short-list

Last updated 05:00 19/09/2013
Eleanor Catton
Phil Doyle
WORDSMITH: Eleanor Catton.

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Author Eleanor Catton has made the short-list for the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction - the youngest writer ever to do so.

The 28-year-old creative writing lecturer at Manukau Institute of Technology is one of six authors chosen from the long-list of 13.

She's nominated for her novel The Luminaries, a goldrush-era murder mystery set in Hokitika.

Ms Catton is excited to make the short-list because she says it will "help to raise the profile" of New Zealand literature.

"I am proud that this short-list will mean many more people around the world will have a chance to visit New Zealand, imaginatively speaking, and spend a while in our historical past," she says.

The Man Booker Prize recognises the best English language novel written by a citizen of the British Commonwealth, Ireland or Zimbabwe.

Lloyd Jones was the last New Zealand author to be short-listed for the prize. He was nominated in 2007 for his book Mr Pip.

The winner of the Man Booker Prize will be announced on October 15 and will win the equivalent of about NZ$100,000.

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- Manukau Courier

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