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book cover of Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Picking up on the national mood the Booker shortlist in 2020 was notable for the seriousness of its subject matter, none more so than winner Shuggie Bain. A heartrending depiction of a mother in the grip of alcoholism and her young son who refuses to turn his back on her, set in a devastated ex-mining town, it’s a book that people might not rush to read. Join us as we figure out what makes Shuggie such a worthy winner, and why you shouldn’t shy away from reading it, or visit our Shuggie Bain episode page for more.

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