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The Good Doctor


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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

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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. He lives in Cape Town.


'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 *

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