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Books editor Linda Herrick and her team of reviewers reveal their top reads for all ages and tastes. Her pick for book of the year, The Luminaries.
When I bought my copy of The Luminaries, the day after Eleanor Catton won the 2013 Man Booker Prize, the bookseller said it was her dream that people all over New Zealand would be lying on the beach reading it over the summer break. Perhaps her vision is coming true: at time of press, the book had sold more than 50,000 copies and 5000 e-copies in this country alone. In this office, the book has been devoured by male and female readers alike, unusual for what can be superficially described as "historical fiction".