Longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2021. Karen Jennings’ gripping novel asks a question: to what lengths will a person go in order to ensure that what is theirs will not be taken from them?

A young refugee washes up unconscious on the beach of a small island inhabited by no one but Samuel, an old lighthouse keeper. Unsettled, Samuel is soon swept up in memories of his former life on the mainland: a life that saw his country suffer under colonisers, then fight for independence, only to fall under the rule of a cruel dictator; and he recalls his own part in its history. The sea has brought him someone who offers companionship - but threatens his solitude… So what should he do?

The 2021 Booker Prize
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Karen Jennings

Karen Jennings

About the Author

Karen Jennings is a South African author. Her debut novel, Finding Soutbek, was shortlisted for the inaugural Etisalat Prize for African Fiction.
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I remember very little about writing this book other than walking the dogs every morning and muttering to myself, almost as a chant: 'This book is going to kill me, this book is going to kill me'