Douglas Stuart with Nicola Sturgeon: Welcome Home, Shuggie Bain

Douglas Stuart’s life was turned upside down when his debut novel Shuggie Bain was declared winner of the 2020 Booker Prize. Overnight, the New York-based fashion designer, who grew up in Glasgow, became an international literary bestseller. We were delighted to welcome Scotland’s latest Booker winner back to his home country for the first time since winning his award, for what was his first live, in-person discussion about the book that has won a million readers’ hearts. Based on Stuart’s own upbringing by a loving mother devastated by addiction, Shuggie Bain recounts the challenges of being a Glasgow boy who is working class and gay. Not only does it chart his complicated coming of age, it is also a gorgeous tribute to a woman striving to do the right thing by her son against all the odds. In this event, filmed live at the 2021 Edinburgh International Book Festival, Stuart discusses his bestselling novel with Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon – and drops a few hints about what he's been working on.

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