Booker Prize 2020 : Winner Scottish Douglas Stuart

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Scottish-American writer Douglas Stuart (44) has won the Booker Prize 2020 for his novel ‘Shuggie Bain’.

This year’s award was 51st in the history of Booker prize with the first one being given in 1969. The first winner was British writer P. H. Newby for his novel ‘Something to Answer For’.

Douglas Stuart, NY based fashion designer as a profession, is the second Scottish author to win the Booker Prize.

Earlier in 1994, the prize was awarded to James Kelman, also a Scottish, for his novel ‘How Late It Was, How Late’.

The novel ‘Shuggie Bain’ is Staurt’s first piece of writing which is about a boy in 1980s Glasgow trying to support his mother as she struggles with addiction and poverty.

Booker Prize 2020 Winner
Douglas Stuart with his novel ‘Shuggie Bain’. Image : campusplanet

Douglas Stuart has penned down not many books. In fact, in this month of November 2020, he revealed that he had finished writing his second novel ‘Loch Awe’ which is yet to be published

Stuart was born in Sighthill, a housing estate in Glasgow, Scotland. He received a bachelor’s degree from the Scottish College of Textiles and a master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in London. Stuart moved to New York City at the age of 24 to begin a career in fashion design.

The other novels nominated for this year’s Booker Prize were ‘The New Wilderness’ written by Diane Cook, ‘This Mournable Body’ by Tsitsi Dangarembga,  ‘Burnt Sugar’ by Avni Doshi, ‘The Shadow King’ by Maaza Mengiste and ‘Real Life’ by  Brandon Taylor.

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