Tuesday 22nd February from 17:30 in the Club
Next up Book Club is reading 2020 Booker Prize-winning debut novel Shuggie Bain by Scottish writer Douglas Stuart. It tells the story of the youngest of three children, Shuggie, growing up with his alcoholic mother Agnes in 1980s post-industrial working-class Glasgow.
When Douglas Stuart won the Booker Prize for his debut novel, Shuggie Bain, he said that he thought he would always be “inspired by gentle souls surviving in hard places”. That’s not a bad summary of Stuart’s vibrant, sinewy account of a 1980s Glaswegian childhood much like his own, spent in thrall to a mother who is glamorous, charismatic and herself enslaved to alcohol.
The Guardian says:
“A heartbreaking story with a lot of “triggers” regarding abuse, rape, addiction, bullying and poverty. Another amazing debut and great addition to the Booker Prize longlist.”
“This Booker-longlisted tale of poverty and addiction in 1980s Scotland offers deep insight into the relationship between a child and a substance-abusing parent.”
The Book Club is scheduled to meet in the Club on Tuesday 22nd February from 17:30 to discuss the book, we encourage you to get involved and read something perhaps you may not have chosen yourself.