The Sellout by Paul Beatty is the winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize – and it’s a lacerating satire. The narrator of the story, born in Dickens on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles, was raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist. He’s told his father’s work will lead to a memoir that will solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed, he realises there never was a memoir – all that’s left is the bill for the funeral. The narrator sets out to right this wrong in the most outrageous way – reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court. This is definitely a book that will grip you and refuse to let go as you alternately laugh and gasp your way through it. Oneworld Publications, R195.