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The Booker Prize

The Booker Prize is considered by many to be the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over five decades.

The 13 books on this year’s longlist were chosen by the 2021 judging panel: historian Maya Jasanoff (chair); writer and editor Horatia Harrod; actor Natascha McElhone; twice Booker-shortlisted novelist and professor Chigozie Obioma; and writer and former Archbishop Rowan Williams.

The list was chosen from 158 novels published in the UK or Ireland between 1 October 2020 and 30 September 2021.

The Booker Prize for Fiction is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK or Ireland.

Find out more at thebookerprizes.com

Winner of the 2021 Booker Prize

Chair of the Judges, Maya Jasanoff

The Promise astonished us from the outset as a penetrating and incredibly well-constructed account of a white South African family navigating the end of apartheid and its aftermath. On each reading we felt that the book grew. With an almost deceptive narrative economy, it offers moving insights into generational divides; meditates on what makes a fulfilling life—and how to process death; and explores the capacious metaphorical implications of “promise” in relation to modern South Africa. [...] This is a book about legacies, those we inherit and those we leave, and in awarding it this year’s Booker Prize we hope it will resonate with readers in decades to come. Read more

The Promise : WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021 - Damon Galgut

Discover the Booker Prize winning literary masterpiece 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.

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.

£16.99

£12.69

The 2021 Booker Prize Shortlist

A Passage North

Anuk Arudpragasam

£14.99

£11.75

The 2021 Booker Prize Longlist

Chair of the Judges, Maya Jasanoff

One thing that unites these books is their power to absorb the reader in an unusual story, and to do so in an artful, distinctive voice. [...] Though we didn’t always respond in the same way to an author’s choices, every book on this list sparked long discussions amongst ourselves that led in unexpected and enlightening directions. We are excited to share a list that will appeal to many tastes, and, we hope, generate many more conversations as readers dig in.