Booker Prize 2020 – Douglas Stuart wins for debut novel Shuggie Bain

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Scottish author Douglas Stuart on Thursday was awarded the 2020 Booker Prize for his acclaimed debut novel “Shuggie Bain,” set in his home city of Glasgow.

The 44-year-old writer, who now lives in New York, was watching the socially distanced ceremony via video link due to the anti-virus lockdown in place in Britain.

He described the book as a “love story” looking at the kind of “unconditional, often-tested love” that children can have for flawed parents. This year’s finalists also included American Avni Doshi’s first novel “Burnt Sugar” alongside fellow US debutants Diane Cook (“The New Wilderness”) and Brandon Taylor (“Real Life”).

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