Douglas Stuart & Jackie Kay: Shuggie Bain

Join Douglas Stuart & Jackie Kay at the Cambridge Literary Festival


Friday 23rd April, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

  • In Conversation
  • Online event


About the Event

Douglas Stuart burst fully-formed onto the literary landscape with his astonishing masterpiece Shuggie Bain, the deserving winner of the 2020 Booker Prize. Set against the backdrop of Thatcher’s Glasgow, the book covers poverty and addiction, childhood trauma and coming of age, and, at its heart, is about the love between a mother and her son.

Douglas Stuart will be joined in conversation by the National Poet for Scotland, fellow novelist and Glaswegian Jackie Kay.  

£6 - Single Event Ticket 
£35.00-£50 Cambridge Literary Festival pass 

The full line up for the Cambridge Literary Festival (online) can be found here

About the Book

Shuggie Bain
Shuggie Bain

Douglas Stuart

Publisher:Pan Macmillan

Publication date:6 Aug 2020


4.27 out of 5
11 reviews
"A love letter to a troubled city"
Times Literary Supplement
"has an overwhelming intensity of feeling"
Literary Review
"The story is unrelenting"
London Review of Books
"Shuggie Bain comes from a deep understanding of the relationship between a child and a substance-abusing parent, showing a world rarely portrayed in literary fiction"
The Guardian
"He’s lovely, Douglas Stuart, fierce and loving and lovely. He shows us lots of monstrous behavior, but not a single monster — only damage"
The New York Times
"tender and unsentimental — a rare trick"
Daily Mail
"This heart-rending novel set in 1980s Glasgow is deservedly on the Booker longlist and may even give Mantel a run for her money"
The Observer
"The Booker-longlisted novel depicts the relationship between an addict and her son with compassion and stark realism"
Financial Times
"a transcendent portrait of alcoholism, poverty and desperate filial love in 1980s Glasgow"
The Daily Telegraph
"Shuggie Bain is a novel that aims for the heart and finds it"
The Times

A heart-wrenchingly moving first novel set in Glasgow during the Thatcher years, Shuggie Bain tells the story of a boy's doomed attempt to save his proud, alcoholic mother from her addiction.