Booker Prize 2020

Shuggie Bain is the debut novel by Scottish-American writer Douglas Stuart, published in 2020 and the winner of the Booker Prize for 2020. It tells the story of the youngest of the three children, Shuggie, growing up with his alcoholic mother, Agnes, in the 1980s, in Thatcher-era post-industrial working-class Glasgow, Scotland.  

Often horrifying, sometimes funny, it is not autobiographical but it is inspired by Stuart's own experiences.  He began writing it 12 years ago with no intention of publication.  As he told the Irish Times, "It was a difficult process; it felt very necessary.  When I started to write it, it flew through me.  And I felt like I had something by the tail and I didn't want to put it back on the leash.  I just wanted to let it out".

Highly recommended.