Eleanor Catton, author of The Luminaries has won the Man Booker Prize worth £50,000.
The Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker-Bowles presented the prize in England’s Guildhall tonight. Jim Crace, author of Harvest and the oldest of the contending authors was widely believed to be the favorite (at least that was the impression many expressed on Twitter) though the Twitterverse could not say enough about Catton, the youngest on the shortlist. The social media network was a nail biting nerve center in the minutes and seconds before the announcement as the #ManBookerPrize hashtag reported mood swings of anxiety and soccer hooligan-like passion.
151 titles were originally in consideration before Man Booker Judges Robert MacFarlane, Martha Kearney, Stuart Kelly,Natalie Haynes, and Robert Douglas-Fairhurst edited down to the 13 authors on the Longlist in July. In September, the judges cut the list in half to six novels: