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Shuggie Bain (Paperback)

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Winner of the Booker Prize 2020


Shortlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction 2020


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 Edouard 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 


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



Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publication Date: 15/04/2021 ISBN-13: 9781529019292  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Douglas Stuart was born and raised in Glasgow. After graduating from the Royal College of Art, he moved to New York, where he began a career in fashion design. Shuggie Bain, his first novel, won the Booker Prize and the Sue Kaufman Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was shortlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction, the Kirkus Prize and the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. He is also the author of Young Mungo and his short stories have appeared in the New Yorker and his essay on Gender, Anxiety and Class was published by Lit Hub. He lives in New York.

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It’s not often that I’m desperate to read the Booker Prize winner, but I’ve had this book since Christmas! However, my book list got in the way so it was definitely one I was going to read during my month’s rest – and it was worth the wait! Shuggie Bain is a book which got under my skin, and then some. It’s a heart-wrenching story of poverty, addiction, love and pride which will left me quite in awe of the story telling of Douglas Stuart. It’s no surprise that this debut novel won a major literary prize. The most heart-breaking thing about it is the reality of it all; it’s raw, it’s honest and it’s not a tale to be forgotten. I recently heard that a second novel is on it’s way and I want to make sure I read it. Gobsmackingly good, highly recommended and most definitely a five star read.

- 30/07/2021
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