Writer Damon Galgut is seen with his novel, The Promise, at the 2021 Booker Prize Awards Ceremony at the BBC Radio Theatre in London on Wednesday. Photo: Booker Prize Press Office via EPA-EFE
Writer Damon Galgut is seen with his novel, The Promise, at the 2021 Booker Prize Awards Ceremony at the BBC Radio Theatre in London on Wednesday. Photo: Booker Prize Press Office via EPA-EFE

South Africa’s Damon Galgut wins Booker Prize for The Promise

  • The third-time finalist was a runaway favourite for the US$69,000 award with his novel about an Afrikaner family reckoning with the country’s racist history
  • Galgut is the third South African novelist to win the Booker, after Nadine Gordimer in 1974 and J.M. Coetzee, who won twice, in 1983 and 1999

Topic |   Books and literature
Writer Damon Galgut is seen with his novel, The Promise, at the 2021 Booker Prize Awards Ceremony at the BBC Radio Theatre in London on Wednesday. Photo: Booker Prize Press Office via EPA-EFE
Writer Damon Galgut is seen with his novel, The Promise, at the 2021 Booker Prize Awards Ceremony at the BBC Radio Theatre in London on Wednesday. Photo: Booker Prize Press Office via EPA-EFE
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