Shuggie Bain : Winner of the Booker Prize 2020

Shuggie Bain : Winner of the Booker Prize 2020

Description

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
Shortlisted for the US National Book Award for Fiction 2020
A BBC Two 'Between the Covers' 2021 Book Choice

'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

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.

Similar Books

ISBN 10: 152904619X
ISBN 13: 9781529046199

27 May 2021
Emma Donoghue

ISBN 10: 024140147X
ISBN 13: 9780241401477

27 May 2021
Raynor Winn

ISBN 10: 1474612997
ISBN 13: 9781474612999

24 Jun 2021
Charlotte Wood

ISBN 10: 0241977568
ISBN 13: 9780241977569

07 Feb 2019
Deborah Levy

ISBN 10: 1474611885
ISBN 13: 9781474611886

14 Jul 2020
Claire Lombardo

ISBN 10: 1984898876
ISBN 13: 9781984898876

18 May 2021
Maggie O'Farrell

ISBN 10: 1911547941
ISBN 13: 9781911547945

30 Apr 2021
Marian Engel

ISBN 10: 1573223433
ISBN 13: 9781573223430

04 Nov 2003
Michael T. Murray

ISBN 10: 1526630931
ISBN 13: 9781526630933

08 Jun 2021
Lisa Taddeo

ISBN 10: 0349142920
ISBN 13: 9780349142920

22 May 2018
Celeste Ng

ISBN 10: 1644450003
ISBN 13: 9781644450000

11 Dec 2018
Anna Burns

ISBN 10: 0008375038
ISBN 13: 9780008375034

01 Jun 2021
Gabriel Krauze