A new voice in literary fiction, and a worthy winner of the Man Booker Prize. Stuart brings alive an era and place that is rarely written about, that of a 1980’s working class Scotland, specifically Glasgow, and highlights many of the hardships that those living there experienced.
We see the world through the eyes of a growing Shuggie, and for most of his young life, his world is his mother. Unfortunately for Shuggie, his mother is plagued by a cruel sickness, that of alcoholism, and this shadows, and complicates, the young boy's life. Beautifully written, and profoundly sad, this is a book about the human condition and I recommend it wholeheartedly. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty