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Douglas Stuart

Shuggie Bain

Shuggie Bain

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Winner of the Booker Prize 2020 Winner of 'Book of the Year' at the British Book Awards 2021 Winner of 'Debut of the Year' at the British Book Awards 2021 A BBC 'Big Jubilee Read' 'A heartbreaking novel' The Times 'An amazingly intimate; compassionate; gripping portrait of addiction; courage and love.' The judges of the Booker Prize 'Tender and unsentimental . . . The Billy Elliot-ish character of Shuggie . . . leaps off the page.' Daily Mail 'Douglas Stuart has written a first novel of rare and lasting beauty.' Observer It is 1981. Glasgow is dying and good families must grift to survive. Agnes Bain has always expected more from life; dreaming of greater things. But Agnes is abandoned by her philandering husband; and 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; he is clearly 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. Shuggie Bain lays bare the ruthlessness of poverty; the limits of love; and the hollowness of pride. For readers of Hanya Yanagihara; Emma Donoghue; Alan Hollinghurst and Frank McCourt; it is a heartbreaking novel by a brilliant writer with a powerful and important story to tell.


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