Douglas Stuart is the winner of the 2020 Booker Prize for his blistering debut Shuggie Bain, which left the judges 'bowled-over by this first novel, which creates an amazingly intimate, compassionate, gripping portrait of addiction, courage and love.'
One of just six novels shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, Shuggie Bain has received an outpouring of appreciation since its publication. Chair of the Booker judges, Margaret Busby, has said, 'Shuggie Bain is destined to be a classic . . . a daring, frightening and life-changing novel.'
The hugely successful novel is also being developed into a TV series which will be produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush, while Douglas will adapt the book for the screen himself. Douglas said of the adaptation: 'I am thrilled to be partnering with A24 and Scott Rudin Productions in bringing Shuggie Bain to the screen. I often thought of the book in cinematic terms, and the glamourous, calamitous Agnes Bain certainly believes herself to be the star of her own movie. This is a chance to show the city of Glasgow with all her tenacity and unsinkable spirit, and to celebrate the love and hope between Shuggie and Agnes.'
Douglas was born and raised in Glasgow before he moved to New York where he began a career in fashion design. He describes himself as 'a working-class kid who had a different career and came to writing late'. InShuggie Bain, Douglas returns to the streets of his childhood. Set in the 1980s in a dying Glasgow where families struggle to survive, the book tells the story of Shuggie’s upbringing in a decimated mining town as he fights to help his alcoholic mother escape to a better life. Here, Douglas shares some of his favourite Scottish books.