Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart
May20

Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart

Young Mungo is the second novel by Douglas Stuart, who wrote Shuggie Bain. Shuggie Bain was my favourite read of last year, so I was very keen to read Young Mungo. Luckily, Sainsbury’s had it in stock. I won’t buy full-price hardbacks, but Sainsbury’s stocks a few bestsellers at around half price. Spoiler alert: Young Mungo is A LOT like Shuggie Bain. Like Shuggie, Mungo is growing up in 1980s Glasgow in extreme...

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Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart
Jul13

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart is the 2020 Booker Prize winner. It is also my favourite read of the year so far. Shuggie is a small boy growing up in poverty in Glasgow in the 1980s. He adores his mother, and she adores him, but she is an alcoholic who struggles to care about anyone but herself. One by one, his father, sister and brother all leave, leaving Shuggie to care for his increasingly volatile mum, Agnes. Despite her many...

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