The Promise

The Promise

WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021 and a BBC Between the Covers Big Jubilee Read Pick

Summary

WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021
One family. One promise. One chance to tell a new story.

**AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 4 BOOK AT BEDTIME**

'A moving, brilliantly told family epic' Elizabeth Day

'Superb' Paula Hawkins

'Gripping' Daily Mail

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
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On a farm outside Pretoria, the Swarts are gathering for Ma's funeral. The younger generation, Anton and Amor, detest everything the family stand for - not least their treatment of the Black woman who has worked for them her whole life. Salome was to be given her own house, her own land...yet somehow, that vow is carefully ignored.

As each decade passes, and the family assemble again, one question hovers over them. Can you ever escape the repercussions of a broken promise?
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'A tour de force... A spectacular demonstration of how the novel can make us see and think afresh' Booker Judges, 2021

'So powerful' Clare Chambers

'Astonishing' Colm Tóibín

'Bursting with life' The Times

'Utterly compelling' Patrick Gale

Shortlisted for the 2022 Rathbones Folio Prize

** A BOOK OF THE YEAR IN THE SUNDAY TIMES, GUARDIAN, OBSERVER, DAILY TELEGRAPH, i AND NEW STATESMAN **

Reviews

  • A superb novel; a nuanced, sad, hilarious portrait of a family and a country
    PAULA HAWKINS

About the author

Damon Galgut

DAMON GALGUT is the author of nine novels. He won the Booker Prize 2021 for The Promise, having been shortlisted for the prize twice before (The Good Doctor and In A Strange Room). He lives and works in Cape Town.
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