Book Review: Shuggie Bain – Douglas Stuart

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5

What can I say about Shuggie, this young lad from Glasgow who  will now be forever in my heart? This story is about Shuggie and his family, and in particular the impact of his mother’s alcoholism on her and her family. Abandoned by their father, life for Shuggie and his family is a struggle, in difficult circumstances.

This book is many things: a social commentary on life for working class families in Glasgow; an ode to Scotland, with lyrical Scotish vernacular singing from every page; a coming of age novel; and a family saga. But above all what will stand out for me is the characters and the raw emotion from all ends of the spectrum – sadness, fear, despair, but also joy, hope, tenderness and so, so much love.

Shuggie, Agnes and the rest of the family will stay with me forever. It’s a long novel, dealing with very tough subject matter, but which reads with such ease. Wholeheartedly recommended.

Many thanks to the publisher for the proof copy and opportunity to read and review.

Sophie @Sophie_Jo_Books  📚 🐾


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