Damon Galgut is a South African playwright and novelist, who wrote his first novel aged 17. He's been shortlisted three times for the Booker Prize and won in 2021 for his ninth book, The Promise.

Galgut is a multi-award-winning author, and two films have been made of his book The Quarry. He grew up in Pretoria, where The Promise is set, and now lives in Cape Town. When asked why he became a writer, he reveals he had lymphoma as a child, during which time he ‘learned to associate books and stories with a certain kind of attention and comfort’. He is currently working on a collection of short stories.

Damon Galgut
Born

The original idea came from a conversation with a friend, who’s the last surviving member of his family

9

The number of novels, including The Promise, written by Damon Galgut

7

Years between Arctic Summer, Damon Galgut’s previous novel, and The Promise

17

Damon Galgut’s age when his first novel was published

3

Number of times Damon Galgut has been shortlisted for the Booker (2003, 2010, 2021)

Other nominated books

The Good Doctor
In a Strange Room