Eleanor Catton’s first novel since The Luminaries will be out next year

Fans of Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries will have access to Kiwi’s next Booker Prize-winning novel in early 2023.

Birnam Wood, a literary thriller set in a South Island town, will be Catton’s third novel and will be released in New Zealand on February 9. A worldwide release is scheduled for March.

Eleanor Catton's third novel, Birnam Wood, will be released in February 2023.

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Eleanor Catton’s third novel, Birnam Wood, will be released in February 2023.

“I wanted it to be a thriller, a book of action and seduction, of surprise and possibility, a book where people make choices and mistakes that have deadly consequences, not only for themselves, but also for others,” Catton said.

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Catton’s 2013 novel The Luminaries has sold 140,000 copies in New Zealand and 1.5 million copies worldwide. In addition to the Booker Prize, The Luminaries has won the New Zealand Book Award for Fiction and the Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award.

The smash hit book was later adapted for the screen by Catton and director Claire McCarthy, for a series filming on the West Coast and in Auckland. The fixtures first aired in 2020.

Birnam Wood will be published by Te Herenga Waka University Press, and the New Zealand cover will feature artwork by award-winning designer Jon Gray.

Irene B. Bowles