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Shuggie Bain: Winner of the Booker Prize 2020

Shuggie Bain: Winner of the Booker Prize 2020 (Hardback)

By Stuart, Douglas

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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 Edouard Louis, Frank McCourt, and Hanya Yanagihara, it is a blistering debut by a brilliant novelist with a powerful and important story to tell.
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ISBN 9781529019278
Released NZ 6 Aug 2020
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781529019278
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Released 6 Aug 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
 › 2 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Stuart, Douglas
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 448
Dimensions Width: 163mm
Height: 241mm
Spine: 45mm
Dewey Code 813.6
Weight 672g
Interest Age 18+ years
Reading Age 18+ years
Library of Congress Glasgow Scotland - Fiction
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade

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