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The Good Doctor
Author of the 2021 Booker Prize-winning novel THE PROMISEav Damon Galgut126
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FROM THE BOOKER PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR OF THE PROMISE Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and shortlisted for the Man Booker, The Good Doctor is a powerful tale of a friendship overshadowed by betrayal, set against the tawdry hopes and disappointments of a post-apartheid South Africa 'The Good Doctor will be seen as one of the great literary triumphs of South Africa's transition... by a novelist of great and growing power.' -- Rian Malan, author of My Traitor's Heart Laurence Waters arrives at his rural hospital postingfull of optimism. Frank, the disgruntled deputy, is forced to share his room with the new arrival but is determined to stay out of Laurence's ambitious schemes. When the dilapidated hospital is looted, the two men find themselves uneasy allies in a world where the past is demanding restitution from the present.
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'The bold, fresh voice of South African fiction' * Observer * 'A latter day Heart of Darkness' -- Michael Arditti * Daily Mail * 'His sentences have such hypnotic power that once started, this novel is very hard to put down' -- Russell Celyn Jones * The Times * 'A lovely, lethal, disturbing novel' -- Christopher Hope * Guardian * 'A gripping read, laced throughout with powerful emotional truth and Damon Galgut's extraordinary vision' -- Julie Wheelwright * Independent * 'As good as Graham Greene' -- Joan Bakewell * Sunday Times * 'Should have won the Booker.' -- Norman Lebrecht, Books of the Year * Evening Standard *
Damon Galgut was born in Pretoria in 1963. He wrote his first novel, A Sinless Season, when he was seventeen. His other books include Small Circle of Beings, The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs, The Quarry, The Good Doctor, The Impostor and In A Strange Room. The Good Doctor was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Dublin/IMPAC Award, The Impostor was also shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and In a Strange Room was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In 2021 The Promise won the Booker Prize. He lives in Cape Town.