Booker Prize Winners List

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Mar 3, 2022, 10:42

The Man Booker Prize 2020 was awarded by a panel of judges to Douglas Stuart, for his critically acclaimed novel Shuggie Bain.  He identifies as a Scottish Author and is the second author from Scotland to ever win this title.

The award winner was declared on 19 November 2020. Man booker prize 2020 winner Douglas Stuart has admitted to having written Shuggie Bain as a memorable inspiration from his childhood. Shuggie Bain was rejected by 30 editors from various publication houses before it was finally taken into consideration. The shortlist of six authors was published on the 27th of July 2020.

Shortlist of Potential Man Booker Prize Winners

Serial No.

Name of the Author

Title of the Novel

Country of Origin/ residence

1

Diane Cook

The New Wilderness

USA

2

Tsitsi Dangarembga

This Mournable Body

Zimbabwe

3

Avni Doshi

Burnt Sugar

USA

4

Maaza Mengiste

The Shadow King

Ethiopia/USA

5

Douglas Stuart

Shuggie Bain

Scotland/USA

6

Brandon Taylor

Real Life

USA

What is the story behind Shuggie Bain?

Man Booker Prize 2020 Winner Shuggie Bain is a fiction novel inspired by Douglas Stuart's very personal struggles. Douglas grew up in Glasgow, and his Scottish heritage and dialect are very important to him. He has mentioned upon winning the title, that the 1994 Booker Prize winner How Late It Was, How Late by James  Kelman had a lasting impact on him and his ideas about the world of Scottish literature. Shuggie bain by far, has the following salient features driving it

  • Shuggie and his mother's relationship is defined by Douglas'; relationship with his mother who battled alcohol addiction all her life and finally passed away when he was 16.
  • Shuggie bain deals with the topics of
    1. Alcoholism
    2. The Thatcher Government of the late 1980s
  • Poverty and cultural tension in Scotland in the late 2980s
    1. The lifelong impact of neglect and parentification on a child

Who is Douglas Stuart?

Douglas Stuart moved to New York at the age of 24 and has since then worked in extremely successful fashion houses like Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and the Banana Republic. Some other things to know about Douglas Stuart are

  • A formerly published author in Lithub and The New Yorker
  • His book Shuggie Bain was rejected by 30 publication houses before being published by Grove Atlantic
  • He was awarded 50,000 pounds as the cash prize to the Man Booker prize 2020.
  • Currently, he resides in East Village Manhattan with his husband Michael Cary
  • His second novel Young Mungo has been published in 2022.

What is the prize-winning book Shuggie Bain about?

Shuggie Bain the Man Booker Prize 2020 winner - deals with some of the most painful and intimate problems ever dealt with by the child psyche, and unfortunately very common and universal ones too.

Shuggie Bain is a young boy living with his alcohol-addicted mother in Glasgow in 1992. It revolves around the loving relationship between this mother and her youngest child (Douglas himself was the youngest of three siblings) and at the same time with the tragedy of a boy dealing with problems he is too young to understand.

  • His mother was Agnes Bain, who was said to look like Elizabeth Taylor. She aspired for the glorious and glamorous life, and not being able to realize her dreams made her bitter and a slave to alcohol.
  • The book revolves around her life and death, and how it impacted the remaining existence of her son, Shuggie.
  • It painstakingly displays the poverty, affliction, and tension of the Glasgow of Douglas'; childhood.

A few more things to know about the Man Booker Prize 2020

The Man Booker prize 2020 was formerly called the Booker-McConnell prize since its advent in 1969.

The Booker Prize is awarded to celebrate the finest few of the fiction literature world, published in one calendar year in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Douglas Stuart is indeed a talented author like no other who can masterfully transform his pain and grief into a work of art to touch and inspire thousands across the globe. His other short works are also worth noting and so is the complex, vibrant world of Shuggie Bain.

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FAQs on Booker Prize Winners List

Q.1) Which place is the Man Booker Prize 2020 winner's book Shuggie Bain set in?

The Novel Shuggie Bain is set in 1992s Glasgow.

Q.2) What was the former official name of the Booker Prize?

The booker prize was known as the Booker-McConnell prize (1969-2001) and the Man Booker prize (2001-2019) formerly.

Q.3) Which house was the Man Booker Prize 2020 Winner Shuggie Bain published by?

Shuggie Bain was published by the publishing house of Grove Atlantic.

Q.4) Who was the second Scottish author to win the Man Booker prize?

Man booker prize 2020 was won by Douglas Stuart who became the second Scottish author to win the Booker prize after James Kelman in 1994.