Winner of The Man Booker Prize 2013, Eleanor Catton won’t just stop winning; a leading newspaper in her country has just named her the Herald's New Zealander of the Year.
But Catton, who was named along with
golfer Lydia Ko and teen singer Lorde was still unprepared for fame, the
"The odd thing about suddenly being in the public eye is that the way you interact with the world is the same, but people are treating you very differently," Catton told The New Zealand Herald.
At 26, Catton was the youngest ever winner of the prestige Man Booker Prize and a second New Zealander to win the prize, after Keri Hulme for her novel The Bone People in 1985.
In October, Catton's second novel, a historical murder mystery The Luminaries, 830-page book, set during the West Coast gold picked Man Boker Prize in Britain.