Young Mungo (Paperback)
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Published: 13/04/2023
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Waterstones Says

From the author of the Booker-winning modern classic Shuggie Bain comes another emotionally powerful and compassionate portrayal of sexuality and community set in urban Glasgow, as two young men on either side of a sectarian divide start to develop feelings for each other.

Waterstones Scottish Book of the Month for May 2023

The extraordinary, powerful second novel from the Booker Prize-winning author of Shuggie Bain, Young Mungo is both a vivid portrayal of working-class life and the deeply moving story of the dangerous first love of two young men: Mungo and James.

Born under different stars, Protestant Mungo and Catholic James live in a hyper-masculine world. They are caught between two of Glasgow's housing estates, where young working-class men divide themselves along sectarian lines, and fight territorial battles for the sake of reputation. They should be sworn enemies if they're to be seen as men at all, and yet they become best friends as they find a sanctuary in the doocot that James has built for his prize racing pigeons. As they begin to fall in love, they dream of escaping the grey city, and Mungo must work hard to hide his true self from all those around him, especially from his elder brother Hamish, a local gang leader with a brutal reputation to uphold.

But the threat of discovery is constant and the punishment unspeakable. When Mungo's mother sends him on a fishing trip to a loch in western Scotland with two strange men behind whose drunken banter lie murky pasts, he needs to summon all his inner strength and courage to get back to a place of safety, a place where he and James might still have a future.

Imbuing the everyday world of its characters with rich lyricism, Douglas Stuart's Young Mungo is a gripping and revealing story about the meaning of masculinity, the push and pull of family, the violence faced by so many queer people, and the dangers of loving someone too much.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781529068788
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 274 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Prepare your hearts, for Douglas Stuart is back. After the extraordinary success of Shuggie Bain, his second novel, Young Mungo, is another beautiful and moving book, a gay Romeo and Juliet set in the brutal world of Glasgow’s housing estates. - Observer

I wasn't sure Young Mungo could live up to Shuggie Bain, but it surpasses it. Deeply harrowing but gently infused with hope & love. And so exquisitely written. It's a joy to watch, in real time, as Douglas Stuart takes his place as one of the greats of Scottish literature. - Nicola Sturgeon, former First Minister of Scotland

Few novels are as gutsy and gut-wrenching as Young Mungo in its depiction of a teenage boy who finds love amid family dysfunction, community conflict and the truly terrible predations of adults. Vividly realised and emotionally intense, this scorching novel is an urgent addition to the new canon of unsung stories. - Bernardine Evaristo, author of Girl, Woman, Other

Some novels can be admired, others enjoyed. But it is a rare thing to find a story so engrossing, bittersweet and beautiful that you do not so much read it, as experience it. It is this quality Young Mungo possesses - an intense, lovely, brutal thing. Stuart is a masterful storyteller. - Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Dance Tree and The Mercies

I can honestly say that the second novel from the author of Shuggie Bain . . . surpassed my (high) expectations. Stuart makes you care deeply about all of his characters but none more than Mungo, Mo-Maw's beloved, "the softest, sweetest boy she had ever known". - Bookseller, 'Fiction Book of the Month'

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“Another stunner from Douglas!”

Many similarities in the story to Shuggie Bain with its familiar setting and family dynamics. Unflinching look at the challenges for the protagonist as this touching love story unfolds in a very unforgiving and at... More

Hardback edition
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“A young boy’s struggle for identity in a hostile Glaswegian environment.”

‘Young Mungo’ tells the story of Mungo named after a local saint of Glasgow as he transverses through a disruptive and often cruel life both on the streets and inside his home. With an alcoholic and often absentee... More

Hardback edition
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Zuzanna Skrobacka

“A literary masterpiece”

I didn’t believe that Douglas Stuart can in any way top up Shuggie Bain. He did it!
Just finished reading Young Mungo, which left me shaken to the core.
I haven’t read such a good story for a very long time.

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