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Eleanor Catton honoured with Canadian literary award

Thursday 14 Nov 2013 10:29 a.m.

Eleanor Catton (AAP)

Eleanor Catton (AAP)

Man Booker Prize-winning author Eleanor Catton has added another trophy to her cabinet, taking out the Canadian Governor General's Literary Award for fiction.

Catton's hefty 832-page novel The Luminaries was among five finalists for the prestigious award, which was announced at a ceremony in Toronto on Wednesday.

Catton, 28, was born in Canada, making her eligible for the prize.

She said she was delighted with her win.

"I am excited that national literatures around the world are becoming more porous and more accepting of difference and on a personal level, it's very nice to have more than one home."

Catton's New Zealand publisher, Victoria University Press' Fergus Barrowman, said the award is another great accolade for a novel that's proving to be as popular with readers as it is with critics and judges.

Since its release in August, The Luminaries has sat at the top of the New Zealand best-seller list.

Total New Zealand sales will hit 50,000 when current back-orders are filled by the next reprint.

Catton will return to New Zealand in January and she will be a guest at a number of Writers and Readers Festivals in 2014.

NZN

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