Douglas Stuart

Douglas Stuart – Shuggie Bain

Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival Online 2020
Broadcast Date
Sunday 13 September

Set in 80s Glasgow, Shuggie Bain is the tender story of the love between a young boy and his alcoholic mother, of addiction, poverty and sexuality, and in its telling, debut novelist Douglas Stuart has created something of such power and authenticity that it knocks you sideways. And you don’t need to take our word for it – this remarkable and beautiful novel has taken the literary world by storm, garnering widespread critical praise on both sides of the Atlantic, securing a nomination for this year’s Booker Prize and giving fellow contenders including Hilary Mantel a serious run for their money.

Join Douglas Stuart as he talks to Kirsty Wark about what drove him to write his bestselling and deeply personal debut novel.

photo credit: Clive Smith

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