Douglas Stuart wins the Booker Prize 2020
19 November 2020
Huge congratulations to US-based Glaswegian Douglas
Stuart who was announced as the winner of the Booker Prize 2020 on 19 November. As well as
the prize of £50,000, he can expect international recognition. His
debut novel Shuggie Bain is published by Picador.
Congratulations also to the others on the shortlist,
particularly Maaza Mengiste for The Shadow King published by
Canongate Books based in Edinburgh.
The Booker Prize for Fiction is open to writers of any
nationality, writing in English and published in the UK or
The 2020 shortlist was:
- Diane Cook (USA) - The New Wilderness (Oneworld
- Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe) - This Mournable Body
(Faber & Faber)
- Avni Doshi (USA) - Burnt Sugar (Hamish Hamilton,
Penguin Random House)
- Maaza Mengiste (Ethiopia/USA) - The Shadow King
- Brandon Taylor (USA) - Real Life (Originals, Daunt
- Douglas Stuart (Scotland/USA) - Shuggie Bain (Picador,
Pan Macmillan) - WINNER
The shortlisted authors each received £2,500 and a specially
bound edition of their book.
For comment on this year's winner, see Alison Flood in The Guardian of 19 November 2020 and
Brian Ferguson in The Scotsman of 19 November 2020.
Shuggie Bain has also been selected as Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year
Douglas Stuart is the second Scot to win the prize. The first
was James Kelman in 1994. For a round up of Scottish writers and
publishers on the Booker lists over the years, see our Booker Prize page.