When, in the The Luminaries, young Anna Wetherell arrives in New Zealand during the height of the 1860s gold rush no one knows who she is, but they assume she is escaping from something. When, in late 2018, Eve Hewson arrived in New Zealand to play her in the BBC serialisation of Eleanor Catton’s 2013 Booker-winning novel, she was on the run too.

“I was at a point in my life where I really needed to escape, just like Anna,” says Hewson from her parents’ home in Dublin — her parents being U2’s Bono and the political activist Alison Stewart — where she has chosen to sit out Covid rather than solitarily in Brooklyn.

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