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The Promise


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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.


A superb novel; a nuanced, sad, hilarious portrait of a family and a country -- PAULA HAWKINS
This story was so powerful, the writing so strong and supple... What an achievement -- CLARE CHAMBERS
A moving, brilliantly told family epic . . . darkly comic . . . phenomenally good -- ELIZABETH DAY
Layered, clever...with a gripping story -- CLAIRE FULLER * Daily Mail, Books of the Year *
A brilliant book told over four decades and four funerals . . . These are characters dancing on the edge of ruin . . . Intoxicating -- ANNA HOPE
Astonishing . . . about fate and loss, about three siblings and land, a promise made a broken -- COLM TOIBIN
A remarkable tale of four generations of one South African family and of the country itself... No wonder it won the Booker * Observer, Books of the Year *
Vivid and suggestive, moving and often very funny * Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year *
Outstanding . . . Gripping . . . There is also plenty of unexpected comedy * BBC News *
Brilliant... Rarely have I had such a strong sense, while reading a novel, that I myself was there, in the room with the characters * Financial Times *

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