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Douglas Stuart wins Booker Prize 2020 for ‘Shuggie Bain’

Congratulations to Douglas Stuart whose debut novel, Shuggie Bain, (Picador, UK) was awarded the Booker Prize for Fiction at the virtual ceremony on Thursday 19 November 2020.

His novel, which was turned down 32 times before it was finally published, is about a boy in 1980s Glasgow trying to support his mother as she struggles with addiction and poverty.

Glasgow-born Stuart, who lives in New York, is the second Scot to win the prize, following James Kelman in 1994 for How Late it Was, How Late.

Chair of judges Margaret Busby said the judges’ decision was unanimous and they only “took an hour to decide”.

The book is “challenging, intimate and gripping… anyone who reads it will never feel the same” she said.


November 20, 2020