Young Mungo

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Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 14/04/2022
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Young Mungo
Immediately added to my favourites list
Having loved ‘Shuggie Bain’ immensely, I was so excited to read Douglas Stuart’s new book, and it didn’t disappoint! In fact, I loved Mungo’s story even mo... READ MORE
Sarah Buchan
Young Mungo
Stunning and emotional
I loved Young Mungo. It was so emotional and wonderfully written. I enjoyed reading the growth of feelings between Mungo and James. It was so sad knowi... READ MORE
Young Mungo
Young Mungo is a masterpiece!
I didn't think anything would live up to Douglas Stuart's unforgettable 'Shuggie Bain', but 'Young Mungo' has well and truly surpassed it. This is an exqui... READ MORE
Laura Johnston
Young Mungo
Unflinching, challenging, thought provoking
Set against a bleak backdrop of a Glasgow experienced through sectarianism, gang violence and homophobia, Mungo and James's relationship develops in secret... READ MORE
Maggie at Bracknell


From the Booker-prizewinning author of Shuggie Bain, Douglas Stuart, an extraordinary, page-turning second novel, a vivid portrayal of working-class life and a highly suspenseful story of the dangerous first love of two young men: Mungo and James. Born under different stars, Protestant Mungo and Catholic James live in the hyper-masculine and violently sectarian world of Glasgow's housing estates. They should be sworn enemies if they're to be seen as men at all, and yet they become best friends as they find a sanctuary in the pigeon dovecote that James has built for his prize racing birds. As they find themselves falling in love, they dream of escaping the grey city, and Mungo works especially hard to hide his true self from all those around him, especially from his elder brother Hamish, a local gang leader with a brutal reputation to uphold. But the threat of discovery is constant and the punishment unspeakable. When Mungo's mother sends him on a fishing trip to a loch in Western Scotland with two strange men whose drunken banter belies murky pasts, he will need to summon all his inner strength and courage to get back to a place of safety, a place where he and James might still have a future. Imbuing the everyday world of its characters with rich lyricism and giving full voice to people rarely acknowledged in literary fiction, Douglas Stuart's Young Mungo is a gripping and revealing story about the bounds of masculinity, the push and pull of family, the violence faced by so many queer people, and the dangers of loving someone too much.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 2928377083625
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm

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Young Mungo
Captivating and Emotional
(AD-PR copy from Net Galley) Young Mungo tells us Mungo's story, focusing on his life as a 15 year old, in the early 90s, in the East End of Glasgow. Mun... READ MORE
Michelle Sichi
Young Mungo
Even better than Booker Award Winning "Shuggie Bain"
I’m not sure what I was expecting from Booker Prize Winner Douglas Stuart’s second novel. The promise of a 1990’s set tale of young love in a working-cla... READ MORE
Phil Ramage
Young Mungo
Gay Love in Glasgow: a doomed pair across the sectarian divide
Shuggie Bain this is not. Shuggie and Mungo have a lot in common. They are both young working-class Glaswegian lads with alcoholic mothers whom they ad... READ MORE
David Kenvyn
Young Mungo
Self Discovery & First Love
Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart I give this book 4.5 stars Protestant Mungo and Catholic James live in a hyper-masculine world. They are caught between tw... READ MORE
Young Mungo
Stuart does it again
I’m not crying, I’m not
Jane Armstrong
Young Mungo
Powerful novel set in GLASGOW / SCOTLAND
I listened to this as an audiobook and Chris Reilly does a terrific job of narrating the story. It is 1993 and the chapters are divided between “The May A... READ MORE
Young Mungo
Absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking
Ok so everyone pretty much knows now that Shuggie Bain is my favourite book, and I tell everyone who hasn’t read it that they need to. When I heard the new... READ MORE
Deanne  Wallace
Young Mungo
Too similar to Shuggie Bain
Shuggie Bain, the authors first book, is an amazing book so I was excited for this novel! I’ve been left disappointed by Young Mungo it felt like I was rea... READ MORE
Nia ST