Booker Prize 2020: Douglas Stuart wins for his first novel Shuggie Bain

The Man Booker Prize

The prestigious book award in the English-speaking world, which has brought recognition, reward and the study of outstanding myths for more than 50 years. It is published annually with the best annual novel written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.

Who has won the Booker Prize 2020?

The 2020 Booker Prize Award has been announced and the honorary award given to Douglas Stuart's Shuggie Bain. In his first work, Stuart presented a cut-out figure of the working class in the 1980s in Glasgow. But in its heart, it is about a family with a life problem and children love corrupt parents in the midst of every struggle.

Judge Chairwoman Margaret Busby said the judges' decision was sympathetic and "they took one hour to decide".

The book "is challenging, close and catchy ... anyone who reads it will never feel the same way" he said.

Stuart, 44, said he was "very surprised" to win.

He dedicated his book and his prize to his mother, who died of alcoholism at the age of 16.

The author added that he would like to give his nominees the words "kiss" and that "the greatest gift" they can "touch the lives of students".

He told BBC Radio 4 that the book had been "rejected 32 times" before it was published.

"As a staff writer - as a boy I felt ostracized by books… - it helps to persevere, and I'm so grateful to be here now," he said.

In addition to this, the shortlist included five other topics including: A Book by Avni Doshi, Burnt Sugar - published in India as Girl In White Cotton, The New Wilderness by Diane Cook, This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga, The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste, and Brandon's Real Life Taylor.

This year also saw the participation of former US President Barack Obama and Booker Prize Award winners: Kazuo Ishiguro, Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo

The judges included: authors Lee Child, Sameer Rahim, author Lemn Sissay and translator Emily Wilson. It was chaired by editor and book reviewer Margaret Busby. “As judges we read 162 books, most of which convey important messages, sometimes similarly to the accompanying medical messages. Excellent novels often prepare our societies for important discussions, not only about inequality and global problems - whether it be about climate change, forgotten societies, old age, racism, or change where necessary - but also how well the interior is mentally, mentally and emotionally healthy, despite the circumstances. . A short list of six met unexpectedly, words and letters that all of us meet even if they are very different. We are delighted to help spread this artistic identity to a global audience, ”Busby was quoted as saying on their website during the announcement of the shortlist.

Last year the honor was shared by Atwood of The Testaments and Evaristo of Girl, Woman, Other.


About Douglas Stuart

Douglas Stuart was born and raised in Glasgow. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in London, he moved to New York City, where he began his career as a fashion designer. His work has appeared in New Yorker and on LitHub. Shuggie Bain is his first novel.


Shuggie Bain

1981. Glasgow. The city is dying. Hunger is on the rise. People looked at the lives they hoped were disappearing. Agnes Bain was always expecting more. He dreamed of great things: a house with its own front door, a purchased and paid life (like his complete teeth - but not false). When her robbed husband left, she and her three children found themselves trapped in a mining town destroyed by Thatcherism. As Agnes continues to turn to alcohol for comfort, her children are trying their best to save her. Yet one by one they must forsake him in order to save themselves.

It is his son Shuggie who keeps hope for a very long time. But Shuggie has his own problems: apart from all his efforts to pass as a 'normal boy', everyone has decided that Shuggie is 'not right'. Agnes wants to support and protect her son, but her addiction has the power to hide from everyone close to her, including her beloved Shuggie.

Highlighting the unbridled violence, the boundaries of love, and the subjugation of pride, Shuggie Bain is a painful and painful start, exploring the immortal love that only children can have for their injured parents.

Hearty Congratulations to Douglas Stuart for his marvellous work!

Thank You,

Ambareen Anwar


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