Yesterday's Booker Dozen includes a novel which arrived here a few days ago and caught my eye: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton is billed as "a breathtaking feat of storytelling where everything is connected, but nothing is as it seems ..."
Here's the blurb -
"It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune in 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, with a fiendishly clever and original structuring device. Written in pitch-perfect historical register, richly evoking a mid-19th. century world of shipping, banking and goldrush boom and bust, it is also a ghost story, and a gripping mystery."