Eleanor Catton’s fiendishly clever novel. Both ghost story and gripping mystery, it richly evokes a mid-19th century world of goldrush boom and bust.

It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute 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.

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Eleanor Catton

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Eleanor Catton was born in Canada and raised in New Zealand. She is the author of two internationally celebrated novels: The Rehearsal and The Luminaries.
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