Douglas Stuart

Book Shambles

Robin and Josie are joined by author Douglas Stuart, winner of the 2020 Booker Prize for his debut novel Shuggie Bain ahead of it’s release in paperback. They chat about the book’s decade long gestation, growing up in Glasgow under Thatcher, the inspiration of Thomas Hardy and the importance of getting more working class stories into popular fiction.

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Reading List

Books recommended this week include:

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

LAssommoir by Emile Zola

The work of Robert Burns

The work of Robert Louis Stevenson

As You Were by Elaine Feeney

Abundance by Jakob Guanzon

The work of James Baldwin

Just Ignore Him by Alan Davies

Motherwell: A Girlhood by Deborah Orr

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