Shuggie Bain: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner)

Shuggie Bain: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner)
  • Shuggie Bain: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner)
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    Feb 11, 2020



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Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart is the memorable story of a lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. Margaret Thatcher’s economic policies have put husbands and sons out of work, and the city’s notorious drug epidemic is imminent.

The young Shuggie Bain is desperate to escape poverty and be considered normal. His mother, Agnes, wants to stay sober but keeps falling back into alcoholism. Married to a philandering taxi-driver husband, Agnes keeps her pride by looking good. But she increasingly finds her only solace in drink.

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 design. Shuggie Bain is his debut novel. It won the Booker Prize and was a National Book Award Finalist for Fiction in 2020.

A heartbreaking depiction of addiction, love and sexuality, Shuggie Bain is an epic portrayal of a working-class family.