Booker Prize 2020: Novel 'Shaggy Benn' of Douglas Stuart has been selected for the Booker Prize of the year 2020. Under this award, an amount of 50 lakh rupees will be given to them.
Scottish author Douglas Stuart will be given the Booker Prize 2020 for his book 'Shuggie Bain'. The Booker Prize Foundation announced this on Thursday. The book for which Stuart is receiving this award is his debut novel.
It is the second Scottish novel yet nominated for this award. Under this award, the winner is given 50 thousand pounds and about 50 lakh rupees.
Indian origin writer Avni Doshi's book 'Burnt Sugar' was also very much ahead in this race, although Stuart got success.
This time there were a total of six books in Booker's race. The jury to decide the award included Lee Child, Sameer Rahim, Emily Wilson, and Len Sise, whom Margaret Busby was chairing.
'Shaggy Ben' is the story of a little boy who lived in government houses in Glasgow, Scotland in the 1980s. Shaggy and his siblings had left his father and his mother brought him up who was an alcoholic himself.
According to Alex Preston, who wrote a review of Shaggy Ben in the Guardian, this is a very loud, political novel, it keeps the curtain on the society of Glasgow where people have been pretending to be civilized.
Through this novel, Stuart talks about poverty and the truths related to it. Stuart took more than 10 years to write this novel. Stuart has dedicated this book to his mother, who was an alcoholic and died when Stuart was 16 years old.
Indian-origin writer Avni Doshi's book 'Burnt Sugar', based in Dubai, was also included in the race for the Booker Prize. US-born and currently living in Dubai, with Avani's book in the running for the Booker Prize, Zimbabwean writer Sitsi Dongaranbaga's "This Mournable Body", American author Diana Cook's "The New Wilderness", Maja Mangiste's "The Shadow King", Brandon Taylor's "Real Life" and Scottish writer Douglas Stuart living in New York included "Shaggy Ben".