Stuart wins Booker Prize for 'Shuggie Bain'

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In an emotional speech, the 44-year-old, who now lives in NY, said: "My mother would be thrilled, she would be absolutely thrilled and I think she would be proud".

Shuggie Bain, which is based on Stuart's own childhood, is set in Glasgow in the 1980s and tells the story of a young boy growing up with a mother who is battling addiction.

"For 30 years, I've carried an terrible lot of loss, love and pain", he said. "Shuggie is a work of fiction but writing the book was extremely healing for me; hugely cathartic", Stuart said, adding that he was "absolutely stunned" to win the coveted prize. Stuart is the second Scottish victor of the prestigious award, after James Kelman won the 1994 Booker Prize for his novel How Late It Was, How Late. "By God, they could roar". I think that's the Glaswegian spirit.

"We were not trying to tick boxes or think what people were going to say about us choosing this and not that". I admit, there was only so much I could read at a time. The so-called innovative and globally accessible 2020 victor ceremony without walls was broadcast from London's Roundhouse.

Actors such as Thandie Newton, Ann-Marie Duff and Nina Sosanya performed pre-recorded readings from the shortlisted novels.

"It's no easy task to write a book", former US President Barack Obama, whose memoir "A Promised Land" has just been published, said in a message, adding that writing "helps in putting ourselves in other peoples' shoes".

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Stuart was one of four debut novelists among the six finalists for one of the world's most prestigious literary awards.

Actor Paapa Essiedu read from finalist Brandon Taylor's "Real Life" at the virtual 2020 Booker Prize ceremony. Stuart beat five other shortlisted authors- including Indian origin Avni Doshi- to win the coveted prize.

"My mother unfortunately suffered with addiction and didn't survive that addiction", he told the award ceremony, which had to be mostly held remotely because of a lockdown in England to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The Booker was established in 1969.

Special guests included novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, victor of a Booker and the Nobel Prize in literature; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; and former U.S. President Obama, whose memoir "A Promised Land" hit shelves Tuesday and sold almost 890,000 copies in the U.S. and Canada on its first day. Previous winners, including Kazuo Ishiguro, Atwood and Evaristo, also spoke.

In the essay he offers "some absolute masterpieces of the written word", including Kelman's novel, which he came across in the years after growing up "in a house without books" - a scenario he admits "was not unusual for the time or the place". "They were pinching. I was hobbling around on the night of, thinking that was really stupid". "It was so good that I thought they would take it away from me by vehicle". Until 2019, it was known as the "Man Booker Prize". "No, the really important round that comes after this is whether the readers, the general public, will take the Booker victor to heart".

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