Eleanor Catton is only 28 and has scored a win in the Man Booker prize- in fact she is the youngest winner ever. The book ‘The Luminaries is in stock if you haven’t read it, here’s the synopsis –
It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky
Here’s a lovely article in the Guardian book blog about some other young authors who made an early big impression. From Emily Bronte to D H Lawrence and Dickens a lot of the greats started young !