Wakatipu book lovers clamouring to read The Luminaries
by Man Booker prize-winning New Zealand author Eleanor Catton
should find more copies in stock tomorrow in at least one
Copies of the 832-page murder-mystery sold out last week in
Whitcoulls on Beach St, and also in most shops around the
country Whitcoulls book manager Joan Mackenzie, of Auckland,
said she understood about 10,000 copies had been bought since
Catton's novel was published by Victoria University Press on
July 30, an extraordinary achievement, particularly for a New
Ms Mackenzie said copies from the reprint of a similar number
by the university press will be made available in
Queenstown's branch tomorrow, and a third wave of copies was
expected next week in the resort and nationwide.
Queenstown Lakes District libraries have eight copies of
The Luminaries transiting between branches in the
Central Lakes districts to cater for the 34 people on the
waiting list to read the book.
Those odds are slightly better than the list of 92 people
waiting for the six copies in the Dunedin City Library.
Otago Daily Times book reviewer Cushla McKinney, of
Dunedin, said in September The Luminaries ''has everything
you could want in a whodunit: guns, drugs and money,
extortion, theft and murder, and a plot that is both
satisfying, intricate and - provided you pay close attention