The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On 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.
The Luminaries is an extraordinary piece of fiction. It is full of narrative, linguistic and psychological pleasures, and has a fiendishly clever and original structuring device. Written in pitch-perfect historical register, richly evoking a mid-19th century world of shipping and banking and goldrush boom and bust, it is also a ghost story, and a gripping mystery. It is a thrilling achievement and will confirm for critics and readers that Catton is one of the brightest stars in the international writing firmament.
Our favourite quote: 'If home can't be where you come from, then home is what you make of where you go.'
The perfect thoughtful gift for: Mystery addicts | Mothers | Big readers | Brothers | TV Boxset buffs | Big book lovers | New Zealand fans | Love it or hate it
Free UK Standard Delivery (or choose next day at the checkout)
Every GiftSmith vintage book is beautifully packaged with decorative accents and evocative scents carefully paired to your selection. Choose between florals and ferns, and add a literary postcard of your choice free of charge. Just let us know if you'd like to add a handwritten message. The perfect thoughtful gift, delivered straight to their door, spreading joy.
Send books • Buy vintage • Spread joy • Feel good