The Booker Prize 2020 Winner
It is our great pleasure to confirm Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart as the winner of the Booker Prize 2020.
Stranded in a ravaged Scottish mining town, Agnes Bain has always dreamed of a better life. But as her children drift away from her all she has left is her son - the fastidious, much-mocked Shuggie – and a determination to survive.
Unflinching yet immensely tender and full of wry humour, Douglas Stuart’s debut novel tackles the poverty of early 80s Glasgow through a set of rounded, compelling characters and a plot resounding with compassion and humanity. A testament to the vexed yet ultimately unbreakable bond of love between mother and son, Shuggie Bain perfectly captures the bruised beauty and earthy wit that Stuart characterises as the ‘Glaswegian spirit.’
Original and darkly humorous, Cook's debut explores humanity's disdain for nature and the boundlessness of maternal love.
Devastatingly acute and acerbically funny, Doshi’s forensic account of a toxic mother-daughter relationship skewers themes of betrayal, regret and memory in incisive prose.
Mengiste's harrowing portrait of the Italian invasion of Abyssinia crystallises the conflict through one woman’s experiences.
A campus novel told from the perspective of a Black student, Taylor’s powerful tale embraces themes of grief, desire and alienation in rich, eloquent prose.
An unflinching exploration of love, pride and poverty, Shuggie Bain charts the endeavours of its eponymous protagonist – an ambitious and fastidious boy from a dire mining town with a thirst for a better life.
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