Posted on November 19, 2020 at 3:19 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Douglas Stuart has won the 2020 Booker Prize for his debut novel, Shuggie Bain.

Stuart wrote the semiautobiographical novel as a way to process his childhood trauma (which serves as the basis for the novel) and, as would then be expected, thanked his late mother upon finding out he'd won the accolades (and the £50,000 purse).

The chair of the judge panel described Shuggie Bain — set in Glasgow, Scotland, during the 1980s — as "a moving, immersive and nuanced portrait of a tight-knit social world, its people and its values."

This year's Booker Prize ceremony was held virtually in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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