• Read Justin Cartwright's LION HEART, out now in paperback
  • James Perkins designs MOCK TUDOR at the Pleasance (Edinburgh)
  • See DAYTONA in the West End's Haymarket Theatre from 28th June .......
  • Read Michael Simkins' THE RULES OF ACTING, out now in paperback
  • Gregory Clarke designs sound for MY NIGHT WITH REG at the Donmar
  • OUTINGS by Thomas Hescott & Matthew Baldwin at Edinburgh Festival
  • Catch Clare-Hope Ashitey in SUSPECTS at 10pm on Channel 5
  • See Sue Kelvin as Madam Morrible in WICKED West End
  • Read THE ICEBERG a beautiful memoir by Marion Coutts, out in hardback
  • Douglas Dunn has won Queen Gold Medal for Poetry 2014
  • Selina Cartmell directs PUNK ROCK at Lyric Theatre, Belfast
  • Read Harry Sidebottom's IRON AND RUST, out now in hardback
  • Rhys Jarman designs PLAY DOUGH for Unlimited Theatre at Edinburgh
  • Gregory Clarke designs sound for MEDEA at the National Theatre

Client details

Eleanor Catton
© Victoria Birkinshaw

Eleanor Catton

Bookmark and Share PDF
Agent
Caroline Dawnay
Assistant: Sophie Scard
020 3214 0882
About

Eleanor Catton was born in 1985 in Canada and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. She won the 2007 Sunday Star-Times short-story competition, the 2008 Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship to the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the 2008 Louis Johnson New Writers' Bursary and was named as one of Amazon's Rising Stars in 2009. Her debut novel, The Rehearsal, won the Betty Trask Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the Prix Femina literature award, the abroad category of the Prix M├ędicis, the University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize 2010 and Stonewall's Writer of the Year Award 2011, and longlisted for the Orange Prize 2010. In 2010 she was awarded the New Zealand Arts Foundation New Generation Award.

She currently holds a position as Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Iowa, where she teaches Creative Writing and Popular Culture. 

To read more about Eleanor, please visit her website: http://eleanor-catton.com/

Latest publication:

The Luminaries, Granta, August 2013

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2013

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.

The Luminaries is an extraordinary piece of fiction. It is full of narrative, linguistic and psychological pleasures, and has a fiendishly clever and original structuring device. Written in pitch-perfect historical register, richly evoking a mid-19th century world of shipping and banking and goldrush boom and bust, it is also a ghost story, and a gripping mystery. It is a thrilling achievement for someone still in her mid-20s, and will confirm for critics and readers that Catton is one of the brightest stars in the international writing firmament.

Gallery
Fiction
Publication DetailsNotes
THE REHEARSAL
2010
Granta
A high-school sex scandal jolts a group of teenage girls into a new awareness of their own potency and power. The publicity seems to turn every act into a performance and every platform into a stage. But when the local drama school decides to turn the scandal into a show, the real world and the world of the theatre are forced to meet, and soon the boundaries between private and public begin to dissolve ... The Rehearsal is an exhilarating and provocative novel about the unsimple mess of human desire, at once a tender evocation of its young protagonists and a shrewd expose of emotional compromise.
Site by Zone