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The Promise - Winner of the 2021 Booker Prize

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Goodreads 4.1 stars

Brutal emotional truths hit home in Damon Galgut’s deft, powerful story of a diminished family and a troubled land.

The narrator’s eye shifts and blinks, deliciously lethal in its observation of the crash and burn of a white South African family. On their farm outside Pretoria, the Swarts are gathering for Ma’s funeral. The younger generation detests everything the family stands for, not least the failed promise to the Black woman who has worked for them her whole life. After years of service, Salome was promised her own house, her own land, yet somehow, as each decade passes, that promise remains unfulfilled.

'In The Promise, Damon Galgut makes a strong, unambiguous commentary on the history of South Africa and of humanity itself that can best be summed up in the question: does true justice exist in this world? The novel’s way of tackling this question is what makes it an accomplishment and truly deserving of its place on the shortlist.’ Chigozie Obioma, 2021 The Booker Prize Judge

'With The Promise, Galgut’s latest novel, he joins, indisputably, the ranks of other great South African writers.' Paul Perry, Irish Independent

'Simply: you must read it' Claire Messud