The Booker Prize 2021 Winner

It is our great pleasure to confirm The Promise by Damon Galgut as the winner of the Booker Prize 2021.

Twice previously nominated for The Good Doctor and In a Strange Room, Galgut delivers a masterful character study of a family collapsing in on itself through the prism of four funerals across as many decades, providing a deeply powerful investigation of race and entitlement in modern South Africa.

 

“A book that is a real master of form… of incredible originality and fluidity of voice and is dense with metaphorical significance.”

Maya Jasanoff, Chair of Judges

The Booker Prize Shortlist 2021

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One man’s journey through the vividly realised landscape of Sri Lanka’s troubled north in search of answers becomes a voyage into memory and trauma in this illuminating novel that confronts, with great insight and sensitivity, the legacy of the Sri Lankan civil war for communities, individuals and a nation’s divided cultural identity.

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Set during four funerals across four decades, Galgut’s panoramic study of one white South African family’s tribulations foregrounds the intimately personal in the epic narrative of a rapidly changing nation.

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A powerful meditation on the value of human connection, poet Patricia Lockwood’s mordantly funny debut novel explores the pitfalls of social media in an entirely original fashion.

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A sobering examination of prejudice, justice and the dispensability of truth, The Fortune Men tells the story of Mahmood, a chancer and petty criminal who finds himself wrongfully charged for murder in 1950s Cardiff.

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The author of The Overstory returns with an arresting tale about the need to keep those we love safe that follows a widowed young father, faced with the task of bringing up his son who has a little-understood health condition.

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Mapping the lives of a fearless female aviator and an actor who portrays her on screen decades later, Great Circle is an expansive tale of passion and ambition from the author of the award-winning Seating Arrangements.

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The Longlist 2021

A Passage North
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Second Place
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The Promise
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The Sweetness of Water
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Klara and the Sun
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An Island
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A Town Called Solace
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No One Is Talking About This
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The Fortune Men
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Bewilderment
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China Room
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Great Circle
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Light Perpetual
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