Shuggie Bain

Shuggie Bain

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Author: Douglas Stuart

Publisher: Picador

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Couldn’t put this down. Hard-hitting and relentlessly sad but beautifully written, Shuggie Bain follows the plight of a family living among the slag heaps of 1980s Glasgow. It digs deep into the mining communities that the government left for dead and presents a portrait of addiction and poverty that will live long in the memory. A scathing reminder of the policy-inflicted cruelty waged against marginalised families, especially children, across the U.K. both in the past and present moment. Shuggie Bain attempts to make a life for himself whilst navigating a broken family, bullying, starvation, abandonment and a love for his mother who he refuses to give up on. A remarkable read.