THE RE­HEARSAL

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by Eleanor Cat­ton, Vic­to­ria Univer­sity Press. Man Booker Prize win­ner (for The Lu­mi­nar­ies) Eleanor Cat­ton is roughly the same age as me. When I was 22 I was work­ing in the Dunedin Li­brary. Cat­ton had just pub­lished The Re­hearsal, her de­but novel. I read it, hot off the press, in 2008, with awe and envy. At pri­mary school I wanted to be an au­thor when I grew up. In high school I aban­doned that idea in favour of be­com­ing an ac­tor. At 22 I wasn’t an au­thor or an ac­tor. And here was Cat­ton writ­ing about this world of per­form­ing arts that I still wished I was a part of. I think this work, more than the story it­self, was one of the things that helped pro­pel me to Auck­land. I’m still not work­ing on a novel, or tread­ing the boards, but I love my work. And for the record, I now ad­mire Eleanor Cat­ton as a na­tional trea­sure. If you haven’t read The Lu­mi­nar­ies you should add it to your sum­mer read­ing list too.

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