Shuggie Bain
Douglas Stuart
An edition of Shuggie Bain (2020)

Shuggie Bain

Winner of the Booker Prize 2020

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An edition of Shuggie Bain (2020)

Shuggie Bain

Winner of the Booker Prize 2020

  • 4.25 ·
  • 4 Ratings
  • 38 Want to read
  • 2 Currently reading
  • 5 Have read
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Pan Macmillan
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Shuggie Bain is the unforgettable story of young Hugh “Shuggie” Bain, a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. Thatcher’s policies have put husbands and sons out of work, and the city’s notorious drugs epidemic is waiting in the wings.

Shuggie’s mother Agnes walks a wayward path: she is Shuggie’s guiding light but a burden for him and his siblings. She dreams of a house with its own front door while she flicks through the pages of the Freemans catalogue, ordering a little happiness on credit, anything to brighten up her grey life. Married to a philandering taxi-driver husband, Agnes keeps her pride by looking good—her beehive, make-up, and pearly-white false teeth offer a glamorous image of a Glaswegian Elizabeth Taylor. But under the surface, Agnes finds increasing solace in drink, and she drains away the lion’s share of each week’s benefits—all the family has to live on—on cans of extra-strong lager hidden in handbags and poured into tea mugs. Agnes’s older children find their own ways to get a safe distance from their mother, abandoning Shuggie to care for her as she swings between alcoholic binges and sobriety. Shuggie is meanwhile struggling to somehow become the normal boy he desperately longs to be, but everyone has realized that he is “no right,” a boy with a secret that all but him can see. Agnes is supportive of her son, but her addiction has the power to eclipse everyone close to her—even her beloved Shuggie.

A heartbreaking story of addiction, sexuality, and love, Shuggie Bain is an epic portrayal of a working-class family that is rarely seen in fiction. Recalling the work of Édouard Louis, Alan Hollinghurst, Frank McCourt, and Hanya Yanagihara, it is a blistering debut by a brilliant novelist who has a powerful and important story to tell.

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Shuggie Bain
Jan 12, 2021, Nieuw Amsterdam
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Shuggie Bain
2021, Thorndike Press
in English
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Shuggie Bain
May 26, 2021, Thorndike Press Large Print
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La història d'en Shuggie Bain
2021, Edicions de 1984
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Shuggie Bain: Winner of the Booker Prize 2020
2021, Pan Macmillan
in English
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Historia de Shuggie Bain
Sep 03, 2021, Editorial Sexto Piso
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Shuggie Bain: Library Edition
Mar 11, 2020, Dreamscape Media Llc
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Shuggie Bain
2020-10, Grove Press
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Shuggie Bain
Mar 17, 2020, Dreamscape Media
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Shuggie Bain
Mar 17, 2020, Dreamscape Media
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Shuggie Bain : a novel
2020, Grove Press
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Shuggie Bain: A Novel
2020, Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated
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Shuggie Bain
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Library of Congress
PS3619.T828

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Pagination
448
Weight
0.343

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Open Library
OL34692245M
ISBN 13
9781529019292

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