The Scottish writer Douglas Stuart won the 2020 Booker Prize for Fiction for his debut novel Shuggie Bain, which portrayed a boy growing up in Glasgow in the 1980s as a mother dealing with addiction.
The award ceremony brought together six shortlisted authors, including messages from former US President Barack Obama, the Duchess of Cornwall, and former Booker winners Kazuo Ishiguro, Margaret Atwood, and Bernardine Evaristo.
Stuart, 44, who won the 50,000 Pound award after being voted the winner by Judges Chair Margaret Busby, gave an acceptance speech. Based on his own childhood, Stuart’s book is described as a sentimental account of a boy growing up in Thatcher’s Glasgow. He dedicated the book to his own mother, who died of alcoholism at the age of 16. The Booker Prize shortlist also included the novel ‘Burnt Sugar’ by the Indian-born writer Avni Doshi.
First awarded in 1969, the Booker Prize is considered to be one of the most prestigious awards for literary fiction published in English.