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The Luminaries to be adapted for TV

On August 29, 2016

theluminariesThe BBC is set to adapt Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries by New Zealander Eleanor Catton.

The six-part adaptation, will be written by Catton, the second New Zealander to win the Man Booker Prize. Catton was 27 when she completed The Luminaries and the youngest winner of the prestigious prize. At 832 pages,it is the longest book to take out the prize.

Catton commented:
"Learning to write for television has been a bit like learning a new musical instrument: The melody is more or less the same, but absolutely everything else is different," she said. "I'm having enormous fun, learning every day, and just so excited to see the world of the novel created in the flesh."

The Luminaries is set in 1866 as Walter Moody comes to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On the night of his 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.

You can buy the book here in Australia and here in the UK.

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