Eleanor Catton, a New Zealand author, has won the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her novel "The Luminaries". She is the youngest winner in the 45-year history of the prize. The prize carries a cash component of $ 79, 800. Catton's win follows the 2012 winner Hilary Mantel, who had won it for for "Bring up the Bodies".
"'The Luminaries' is a magnificent novel which is awesome in its complexity, addictive in its story-telling, and magical in its imagining a world of greed and gold. The story is the tale of Walter Moody, who seeks his fortune in goldfields and finds a gathering of local men, who are meeting in secret to discuss unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and a big fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into it: a network as complex and exquisite as the night sky.