Background:\r\nAuthor Eleanor CattonImage Credit: Granta\r\n\r\nBorn in Canada, 1985, author Eleanor Catton moved to Christchurch, New Zealand when she was just six years old. She enjoyed a full education, including studying English at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, as well as completing a Masters of Creative Writing at the Institute of Modern Letters.\r\n\r\nIn 2008, Catton\u00a0won the Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship to the Iowa Writers' Workshop. This program is designed for emerging writers who are working on a manuscript and are interested in exchanging further ideas with other writers of similar standing. The workshop aims to foster new writers, with many having gone on to win numerous awards later in their careers.\r\nBooks:\r\nIn 2010, Eleanor Catton published her debut novel The\u00a0Rehearsal.\u00a0Originally written as the thesis for her Masters, the work received mostly positive reviews. Tackling topics such as teenage sexuality and teacher\/student relationships as well as exploring issues of intimacy, experience, power and innocence, the prose has been described as "arresting" and the storytelling "seductive". Written when Catton was only 22,\u00a0The Rehearsal\u00a0was the starting point for an already fruitful career.\r\n\r\nIn 2013, Elean0r Catton broke records by being the youngest ever winner of the Man Booker Prize, in its 45-year history. Her second novel\u00a0The Luminaries\u00a0took out the prestigious prize, also as the longest book to win, at a heavy 848 pages. Set in 1866, the story begins with a gathering of 12 men who have met in secret to discuss a range of unsolved crimes. Protagonist Walter Moody stumbles upon this group and is drawn into its intrigue and mystery. Praised for its experimental form,\u00a0The Luminaries\u00a0has certainly cemented Eleanor Catton's place among the most original young authors of today.\r\nAwards:\r\nEleanor Catton's 'The Luminaries' among the other 2013 Man Booker shortlisted novels.Image Credit: AFP\r\n\r\n- 2013, The Man Booker Prize,\u00a0The Luminaries\r\n\r\n\r\n- 2010, Long-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction\r\n\r\n- 2009, New Zealand Society of Authors Hubert Church, Best First Book Award for Fiction,\u00a0The Rehearsal\r\n\r\n- 2007, Adam Award in Creative Writing,\u00a0The Rehearsal\r\n\r\nAmong others.\r\nWhat's Next?\r\nEleanor Catton has remained quiet about future agreements with publishers and what's next in terms of her writing. However, her Man Booker win has set her up for a steady and loyal following for any novels she intends to write further down the track.