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The luminaries

The luminaries

Catton, Eleanor, 1985- author

It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky

Paperback, Book. English. Historical fiction. Historical.
Published London: Granta, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: Eleanor Catton
ISBN: 184708432X, 9781847084323
Note: Originally published: 2013.
Physical Description: 832 pages : illustrations (black and white), map (black and white) ; 20 cm
Subject: New Zealand History 1853-1876 Fiction.

Author note

ELEANOR CATTON was born in 1985 in Canada and raised in New Zealand. Her debut novelThe Rehearsalgarnered prizes and acclaim around the world, including the 2009 Betty Trask Award. It has since been published in 17 territories and 12 languages. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she also held an adjunct professorship, and an MA in fiction writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand.