The Rehearsal is Eleanor Catton’s debut novel, published by VUP In New Zealand in 2008, before her Man Booker Award-winning opus, The Luminaries, launched her into global fame.  The novel was also published in the UK, USA and Canada, and in several other languages (including Chinese, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Hebrew, Norwegian, Portuguese and Swedish).

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Eleanor Catton was born in 1985 in Canada and grew up in Canterbury. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University of Wellington and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.  The Luminaries is Catton’s second novel, published in 2013, and was the 2013 winner of the Man Booker Award. She lives in Auckland.


“I loved the attitude and humour of the direction. It’s such a difficult thing to capture the fragility and bravado of young artists without either mocking them, on the one hand, or sentimentalising them, on the other, but I think the film achieved that delicate balance brilliantly.”

“I feel less like the film’s birth mother than its grandmother, or maybe its maternal aunt. We’re related, but we belong to different generations, and we’ve lived different lives.”