The Promise

Winner of the Booker Prize 2021

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Publisher's Synopsis


One family. One promise. One chance to tell a new story.

'A moving, brilliantly told family epic' Elizabeth Day


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 their treatment of the Black woman who has worked for them her whole life. Salome was to be given her own house, her own land...yet somehow, that vow is carefully ignored.

As each decade passes, and the family assemble again, one question hovers over them. Can you ever escape the repercussions of a broken promise?

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

'Astonishing' Colm Tóibìn

'Utterly compelling' Patrick Gale

About the Publisher



Vintage is a highly respected paperback publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, publishing writers like Philip Roth, Martin Amis and Toni Morrison. There are many Booker and Nobel Prize-winning authors on the Vintage list such as Kingsley Amis, A S Byatt, J M Coetzee, Ismail Kadare, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Anne Enright, Iris Murdoch, Roddy Doyle and Ben Okri, to name a few.

Book information

ISBN: 9781529113877
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage
Pub date:
Edition: Winner of the Booker Prize 2021
DEWEY: 823.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 11161
Number of pages: 293
Weight: 220g
Height: 196mm
Width: 128mm
Spine width: 23mm