A star-struck way to write

By Marc McEvoy
September 13 2013 - 5:00pm
Eleanor Catton's Man Booker shortlisted novel is a gold-rush era whodunit, structured as an astrological fable.

Cultural cringe imposed a tedious drag on Eleanor Catton's literary ambitions. The New Zealander author admits she was governed by ''a strange prejudice'' while growing up: the only novels that excited her were set in other countries.

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