The 2021 Booker Prize winner is The Promise by Damon Galgut

November 4, 2021 | Book Buzz

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The promise

The Promise by Damon Galgut

The Promise by Damon Galgut is this year's Booker Prize winner announced in London on November 3. It is the first win for the South African playwright/novelist who had been nominated twice prior to this year. The Promise is about a white South African family who make and fail to follow through with a promise to give a house to the Black domestic servant who has worked for the family for her entire life. The judges called the book "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?"


These are the other finalists:


Bewilderment by Richard Powers 

Great circle

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

No one is talking about this

No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

A passage north

A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam


The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed

The Fortune Men has not yet been released in Canada but it is on order. You may place holds now and be notified when the book is available.

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