Douglas Stuart, author of Booker Prize-shortlisted Shuggie Bain, shares his favourite Scottish books
The author of Booker Prize-shortlisted debut novel Shuggie Bain shares his top books set in Scotland.
Douglas Stuart was born and raised in Glasgow before he moved to New York where he began a career in fashion design. Douglas returns to the streets of his childhood in his blistering debut novel Shuggie Bain, which is one of just six novels shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize and left the judges 'bowled-over by this first novel, which creates an amazingly intimate, compassionate, gripping portrait of addiction, courage and love.'
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.
In the announcement of the shortlist, Booker Prize judge, author and broadcaster, Lemn Sissay, shared: 'every one of these books is an experience which has inspired us, and therefore will inspire the reader.' Watch the full video of the Booker Prize shortlist announcement, below.
See the Booker Prize shortlist announcement, with comments from the judges, below.