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And the winner of the 2021 Booker Prize is . . .

Emily Temple

November 3, 2021, 3:56pm

First, we had the Booker Dozen. Then, we had the shortlist. And now, at last, in a (live, socially distanced) ceremony hosted by Samira Ahmed and broadcast live by the BBC, the winner of the 2021 Booker Prize has been announced. Congratulations to:

Damon Galgut, The PromiseDamon Galgut, The Promise (South Africa)

Looks like the bookies were right again. Galgut takes home £50,000 and a lifetime of bragging rights.

This year’s prize was selected by Harvard historian Maya Jasanoff (chair), writer and editor Horatia Harrod, actor Natascha McElhone, twice Booker-shortlisted novelist Chigozie Obioma, and writer and former Archbishop Rowan Williams.

The other shortlisted books were:

Richard Powers, Bewilderment

Maggie Shipstead, Great Circle

Patricia Lockwood, No One is Talking About This

Nadifa Mohamed, The Fortune Men

Anuk Arudpragasam, A Passage North

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