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Shuggie Bain

by Douglas Stuart

Audiobooks of the Month Family Drama Literary Fiction

LoveReading View on Shuggie Bain

A heart-breaking, unforgettable and incredible story that will stay with you long after you've finished it. It is difficult to believe it's a debut as you read the travails of young Shuggie, his alcoholic mother Agnes and see inside their dysfunctional family life in 1980s working-class Glasgow. It's a powerful story with unflinching honesty that will no doubt make you cry. It shows the power of love and despite the bleak subject matter, it's incredibly tender, hopeful and oh so readable. It's a triumph.


Shuggie Bain Synopsis

Winner of the Booker Prize 2020

Shortlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction 2020

The Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 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 Édouard Louis, Frank McCourt, and Hanya Yanagihara, a blistering debut by a brilliant writer with a powerful and important story to tell.

Shuggie Bain Press Reviews

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

'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

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ISBN: 9781529019278
Publication date: 25/11/2020
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781529019285
Publication date: 20/02/2020
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781529019315
Publication date: 20/02/2020
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Audiobook

Book Information

ISBN: 9781529019315
Publication date: 20th February 2020
Author: Douglas Stuart
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Audiobook
Genres: Audiobooks of the Month, Family Drama, Literary Fiction,

About Douglas Stuart

Douglas Stuart was born and raised in Glasgow. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in London, he moved to New York, where he began a career in fashion design. Shuggie Bain is his first novel.

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