The 2020 Booker Prize shortlist was announced on 15 September, 2020. Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart is one of six incredible books to be shortlisted. The shortlisted authors each receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book. The winner will be announced on 17 November, 2020 and receive a further £50,000 and can expect instant international recognition.
In the words of the Booker Prize judges, Shuggie Bain finds “humanity and humour in the harsh realities experienced by a marginalised family in 1980s Glasgow”.
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.