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    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, it is a blistering debut by a brilliant novelist with a powerful and important story to tell.

    ©2020 Douglas Stuart (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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    "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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    • 06/02/2021

    Much too long

    Powerful story, but it would have benefited from a good editor- should have been cut down to half its length.

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    • 16/01/2021

    Beautiful, gut wrenching and hopeful.

    Engages every emotion, a story of small victories in amongst giant sadness. A must listen!

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    • 02/12/2020

    Outstanding

    Takes the reader back to a time and place. Fabulously written, funny, hopeful and profound.
    A worthy winner a must read!

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    • Uli V.
    • 11/11/2020

    Depressingly beautiful

    Don't read this when you're feeling down. This is the dark wee brother of Trainspotting. Rather slow paced, it draws you more and more into the abyss of a dysfunctional family circling around their tragic drinking mother. I lovehated it very much.

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    • 11/02/2021

    Buena historia con un narrador perfecto

    Muy clavado a la vida en Glasgow de la gente en pobreza de aquel entonces

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    • 22/12/2020

    Heartbreakingly sad but beautiful

    empfehlenswert. lustige Momente in dieser traurigen Geschichte.
    Schottischer Akzent des Sprechers macht es boch authentischer.

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    • 29/11/2020

    An outstanding but very sad story

    The moment I started listening to the novel I expected it to win this year‘s Booker price. The profound characterization of the Bain family, the empathic description of Agnes Bain‘s constant strains to stop drinking and attempts to get healed from her alcohol addiction, Shuggy‘ s dilemma to leave his mother and live his own life or to stay with her is sometimes unbearable. But every word is worth reading so that I can highly recommend this wonderful novel.