In this event, Catton is joined by Kamila Shamsie, whose new book, A God in Every Stone, is published this week, to read from their work and discuss whether the Commonwealth means anything in literature, whether the Americans will “sweep the board” in years to come and what winning the Man Booker actually means.
Eleanor Catton was born in Canada and raised in New Zealand. Her debut novel The Rehearsal was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize, and longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her latest novel The Luminaries won the Man Booker Prize award.
Kamila Shamsie is a Pakistani novelist brought up in Karachi who writes in the English language. Her first novel, In The City by the Sea was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize as was her third novel, Kartography, which also won The Patras Bokhari Award as did her next novel Broken Verses. Her fifth, Burnt Shadows was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.
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