New Zealand Embassy The Hague, The Netherlands

Eleanor Catton visits The Hague

Eleanor Catton signs the Dutch language edition of The Luminaries (Al wat schittert)

The Ambassador and his wife recently had the pleasure of meeting New Zealand author Eleanor Catton, who visited the Netherlands to talk about her prize-winning novel The Luminaries, which has recently been released in Dutch as Al wat schittert (All that glitters).

Last year The Luminaries was awarded the Man Booker prize, the pre-eminent literary prize for Britain and the Commonwealth.  Eleanor Catton at 28 was the youngest person ever to win the prize, and the second New Zealander (after Keri Hulme, with The Bone People in 1985).

The Dutch edition is the first foreign language version of the book – Dutch publishers Ambo Anthos were into action before the Man Booker award had even been made, having already published Eleanor Catton’s first novel, The Rehearsal. 

The visit to the Netherlands was organised by Ambo Anthos, and included a sold-out book signing and talk by the author at Border Kitchen in The Hague.  Her visit drew considerable coverage in the Dutch press.  The ingeniously-constructed novel, set in Hokitika during the 1860s gold rush, is made even more fascinating through the thoughtful and informative background to the creative process provided by Eleanor Catton. 

Al wat schittert is available for purchase online though the publisher.

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