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    Winner of the Booker Prize 2020

    Winner of 'Book of the Year' at the British Book Awards 2021

    Winner of 'Debut of the Year' at the British Book Awards 2021

    Shortlisted for the US National Book Award for Fiction 2020

    It is 1981. Glasgow is dying and good families must grift to survive. Agnes Bain has always expected more from life. She dreams of greater things: a house with its own front door and a life bought and paid for outright (like her perfect, but false, teeth). But Agnes is abandoned by her philandering husband, and soon she and her three children find themselves trapped in a decimated mining town. As she descends deeper into drink, the children try their best to save her, yet one by one they must abandon her to save themselves. It is her son Shuggie who holds out hope the longest.

    Shuggie is different. Fastidious and fussy, he shares his mother’s sense of snobbish propriety. The miners' children pick on him and adults condemn him as no’ right. But Shuggie believes that if he tries his hardest, he can be normal like the other boys and help his mother escape this hopeless place.

    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, a blistering debut by a brilliant writer with a powerful and important story to tell.

    ©2020 Douglas Stuart (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

    Kritikerstimmen

    "Douglas Stuart has written a first novel of rare and lasting beauty." (Observer)

    "We were bowled over by this first novel, which creates an amazingly intimate, compassionate, gripping portrait of addiction, courage and love." (The judges of the Booker Prize)

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    Depressingly beautiful

    Don't read this when you're feeling down. This is the dark wee brother of Trainspotting. Rather slow paced, it draws you more and more into the abyss of a dysfunctional family circling around their tragic drinking mother. I lovehated it very much.

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    Excellent on many levels

    The story is not easy to take, heartbreaking, a page turner, excellently written. If you get the audio, it’s read fabulously, one of the best, giving the story even more life.

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    Intense, strong story

    I didn't think I would listen to the book until the end, the atmosphere was so frightening and intense even in the first quarter of an hour. But I was captivated by the story and its characters, as well as by the language. Simply great! I would love to see this book made into a film.

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    Buena historia con un narrador perfecto

    Muy clavado a la vida en Glasgow de la gente en pobreza de aquel entonces

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    Heartbreakingly sad but beautiful

    empfehlenswert. lustige Momente in dieser traurigen Geschichte.
    Schottischer Akzent des Sprechers macht es boch authentischer.

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    An outstanding but very sad story

    The moment I started listening to the novel I expected it to win this year‘s Booker price. The profound characterization of the Bain family, the empathic description of Agnes Bain‘s constant strains to stop drinking and attempts to get healed from her alcohol addiction, Shuggy‘ s dilemma to leave his mother and live his own life or to stay with her is sometimes unbearable. But every word is worth reading so that I can highly recommend this wonderful novel.