The Promise

£16.99

There is nothing unusual or remarkable about the Swart family, oh no, they resemble the family from the next farm and the one beyond that, just an ordinary bunch of white South Africans, and if you don’t believe it then listen to us speak. The many voices of ‘The Promise’ tell a story in four snapshots, each one centred on a family funeral, each one happening in a different decade. In the background, a different president is in power, and a different spirit hangs over the country, while in the foreground the family fights over what they call their farm, on a worthless piece of land outside Pretoria. Over large jumps in time, people get older, faces and laws and lives all change, while a brother and sister circle around a promise made long ago, and never kept.

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**WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021**

A tour de force… A spectacular demonstration of how the novel can make us see and think afresh’ Booker Judges 2021

Discover the powerful prizewinning story of a family in crisis.


The Promise
charts the crash and burn of a white South African family, living 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 the failed promise to the Black woman who has worked for them her whole life. After years of service, Salome was promised her own house, her own land… yet somehow, as each decade passes, that promise remains unfulfilled.

In this story of a diminished family, sharp and tender emotional truths hit home. Confident, deft and quietly powerful, The Promise is literary fiction at its finest.

‘Damon Galgut is the most worthy winner of the Booker Prize we’ve seen for many years…The book trembles in the hand with its political relevance’ Rose Tremain, New Statesman

** A NEW STATESMAN BOOK OF THE YEAR 2021 AND ONE OF THE DAILY TELEGRAPH‘S 75 BEST BOOKS OF 2021**

‘Astonishing’ Colm T
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‘A masterpiece – one of the best books I have read in the past decade… A moving, brilliantly told family epic’ Elizabeth Day


‘This is so obviously one of the best novels of the year’ The Times


‘Utterly compelling’ Patrick Gale

‘Gorgeous and pleasurable’ Tessa Hadley

Additional information

Weight 0.414 kg
Dimensions 22.3 × 14.4 × 3 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

293

Language

English

Edition

Hardback original

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K