The Promise

The Promise

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 03/03/2022
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The Promise
An immersive and thought-provoking Booker winner
I can see why this won the Booker prize. The book starts in 1980's apartheid South Africa, where we meet the white, farm-owning Swart family - Ma (Rachel),... READ MORE
Selena, Guildford
The Promise
This book took me by surprise and I loved it. Made me feel hopeful and devastated and everything in between. Exceptional.


Winner of the Booker Prize 2021 Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2022 A masterpiece of a family in crisis from twice Booker-shortlisted author Damon Galgut 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. The narrator's eye shifts and blinks: moving fluidly between characters, flying into their dreams; deliciously lethal in its observation. And as the country moves from old deep divisions to its new so-called fairer society, the lost promise of more than just one family hovers behind the novel's title. 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.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781529113877
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 216g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm

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The Promise
Very clever book about South africa
I loved this book. I thought it clever, subtle and thought provoking. It is about a fictional white family living in South Africa, the author Damon Galgut,... READ MORE
Jeanette Bettison
The Promise
Easy read with unique style, but wouldn’t recommend
“His apathy on the matter slowly developing a will of its own, becoming a resolve.” I’m not sure what to make of this. It was an easy, uniquely-written ... READ MORE
The Promise
Novel set in SOUTH AFRICA
The death of Rachel Swart hurls the world into a flat spin for her young daughter. Amor’s father, older siblings and the rest of the household seem equally... READ MORE
The Promise
Mixed feelings
One of the many books exploring and exposing the impact of racial inequality and injustice. The story is well told, but unremitting in the delivery of its ... READ MORE
The Promise
I am glad I persevered at the start
I did find the start of this book a little difficult because of the quick change of character / point of view on the page, even in one paragraph. I am so g... READ MORE
Susan Martin