Shuggie Bain Book - Winner of the Booker Prize 2020

Shuggie Bain Book - Winner of the Book Of The Year 2021!

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Winner of the Book of the Year 2021 at the British Book Awards!

Winner of the Booker Prize 2020

Shortlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction 2020
The Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2020

'Douglas Stuart has written a first novel of rare and lasting beauty.' – Observer

Gay author Douglas Stuart won the 2020 Booker Prize for his autobiographical debut novel Shuggie Bain, which tells the story of a queer youth living with his alcoholic mother in 1980s Glasgow.

It is 1981. Glasgow is dying and good families must grift to survive. Agnes Bain has always expected more from life. She dreams of greater things: a house with its own front door and a life bought and paid for outright (like her perfect, but false, teeth). But Agnes is abandoned by her philandering husband, and soon she and her three children find themselves trapped in a decimated mining town. As she descends deeper into drink, the children try their best to save her, yet one by one they must abandon her to save themselves. It is her son Shuggie who holds out hope the longest.

Shuggie is different. Fastidious and fussy, he shares his mother’s sense of snobbish propriety. The miners' children pick on him and adults condemn him as no’ right. But Shuggie believes that if he tries his hardest, he can be normal like the other boys and help his mother escape this hopeless place.

Douglas Stuart's Shuggie Bain lays bare the ruthlessness of poverty, the limits of love, and the hollowness of pride. A counterpart to the privileged Thatcher-era London of Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty, it also recalls the work of Édouard Louis, Frank McCourt, and Hanya Yanagihara, a blistering debut by a brilliant writer with a powerful and important story to tell.

'We were bowled over by this first novel, which creates an amazingly intimate, compassionate, gripping portrait of addiction, courage and love.' – The judges of the Booker Prize

Author Douglas Stuart
Format Hardback
Pages 448
ISBN 9781529019278

JANUARY 2022 POSTAGE UPDATE.

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