The prestigious British Booker Literature Prize this year goes to the Scottish author Douglas Stuart for his first novel “Shuggie Bain”. “I’ve always wanted to be a writer, so a dream comes true,” said Stuart, who was watching the awards ceremony in London tonight over the coronavirus pandemic via video feed. “That changed my whole life.”
“Shuggie Bain” is set in Stuart’s hometown Glasgow in the 80s and tells the story of a lonely boy on the search for his identity. Against the backdrop of the city marked by poverty and economic crisis, Stuart describes in a gripping and painful way the relationship between the boy and his alcoholic mother.
Douglas Stuart, 44, grew up in Glasgow himself before moving to New York to work in the fashion industry. The Booker Prize, established in 1969, honors the best English-language novel each year. The winner receives prize money equivalent to 55,000 euros.