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Shuggie Bain

Stuart, Douglas
This brilliant depiction of working-class Glasgow in the 1980s centers on the complex relationship between a young boy and his volatile mother, a proud and beautiful woman ravaged by alcoholism and failed marriages. It’s a raw story, one that isn’t always easy to read and is powerfully rooted in many of the author’s personal experiences with family and coming to terms with his sexuality in a culture where gay teens faced ostracism, cruelty and violence. Stuart’s remarkable achievement is to take the traumas of those early years and turn them into a Booker Prize-winning debut novel that is honest, heartbreaking and ultimately redemptive.
Meghan Casey (Queen's Square Library)