The winner of this year's Man Booker Prize is The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, praised by Robert Macfarlane, chair of the judges, as "a novel of the New Zealand gold rush which slowly but deeply staked a claim upon us ... as intricately structured as an orrery. It requires a huge investment of time from the reader, but the dividends it offers are astronomical."
Congratulations to Eleanor Catton. I went to her event at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival (she was speaking along with Hannah Kent, author of the acclaimed Burial Rites), and I've written it up here; as you'll see there, I was enormously impressed by her novel, which I summed up in a review for The Good Book Guide: "highly original, meticulously constructed, thematically convincing, a richly evocative mystery".
The other shortlisted books were
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
Harvest by Jim Crace
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín