Catton, 27, is the youngest writer on a list that includes well-established writers such as Colm Toibin, Jim Crace and Jhumpa Lahiri.
The Luminaries is set in Hokitika in the gold-rush years of the 1860s. Wide in scope with a large cast of characters, the novel stretches over 848 pages and is an astonishing feat of storytelling.
Chair of judges Robert Macfarlane said: ‘After we the put the list together we tried to see what links them together, and all that linked them was how varied they are, in form, in tone, in length. I think they are all very contemporary – even the historical books look forward, and they are interested in disasters, whether financial or natural, and globalisation.’
The Bookman notes Fergus Barrowman's comment - I'm so happy for Ellie that she's received this international recognition so early in the book's public life.’
He could have added so early in her own writing life too I reckon.
Warmest congratulations Ellie.!