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A Gordimer, two Coetzees, and a Galgut: 4 South African novels that have won the Booker Prize

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South African author, Damon Galgut. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
South African author, Damon Galgut. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)

"It's the ultimate prize to win in the English-speaking world," JM Coetzee said after he won his second Booker Prize in 1999 for his novel, Disgrace.   

Coetzee, who also received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003, was the first-ever author to win the Booker more than once, after also taking home the award in 1983 for Life & Times of Michael K.

The Booker Prize was first awarded in 1969 to PH Newby for his Something to Answer For. Back then, the prize money was around £5 000. On Wednesday night, South African Damon Galgut won the 2021 Booker Prize for his book The Promise, and took home £50 000 (just over R1 million).

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