Eleanor Catton is probably the youngest Booker-prize winning author ever. It is reported that she already sold the rights of her third novel. It is revealed that the latest novel is a psychological thriller set in the backdrop of rural New Zealand where super-rich foreigners face off with ragtag locals on the eve of a global catastrophe.
“The novel, entitled Birnam Wood is set in a remote part of the country where the mega-wealthy have stored caches of weapons in fortress-like homes in preparation for disaster,” said Caroline Dawnay, Catton’s agent,
The planned new novel will be less than half the size of The Luminaries at 80,000-100,000 words.
The 31 year old Catton won the Booker Prize for The Luminaries which was an epic historical saga set during the New Zealand gold rush, in 2013.