LONDON -- Ontario-born writer Eleanor Catton has won the Man Booker Prize for fiction.
The New Zealand-based author landed the award for her historical epic The Luminaries at a ceremony in London.
Catton was born in London, Ont., while her father was studying at the University of Western Ontario but left for New Zealand at age six.
Her novel, which is set in the gold mines of 1866 New Zealand, beat out five other finalists for the Booker prize.
They include British Columbia-based writer Ruth Ozeki.
The Booker, which is worth 50,000 British pounds, was founded in 1969 and is open to British, Irish and Commonwealth authors.
-- The Canadian Press