Eleanor Catton capitalised on two irresistible elements: humour and the traditional yarn. Photograph: Man Booker

Traditional storytelling, admittedly ably assisted by sufficient shaggy dogs to power a giant sled, has secured the 2013 Man Booker Prize for the y(...)

Eleanor Catton: One of those rare humans who invariably grasp the essential reality

It begins with a storm and it ends in rain: no reader will arrive at the final line of The Luminaries without a smile of satisfaction. True, there may(...)