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Douglas Stuart

A writer and fashion designer, he was awarded the Booker Prize in 2020 for his novel Shuggie Bain

Douglas Stuart holds a Master’s degree in design from the Royal Art College in London and has been combining his work as a writer with fashion design for many years. A resident of New York, his career in the textile industry has led him to work with prestigious brands such as Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. He also has a long history of writing short stories and essays in media such as the New Yorker and Literary Hub, which feature his hometown, the tough working-class Glasgow of the 1980s, as one of the main characters. In 2020 he won the Booker Prize, the most prestigious award in British literature, for his first novel Shuggie Bain (Grove Press 2020), along with the British Book Award and the Sue Kaufman Prize. The book has been one of the most acclaimed literary debuts in English-language literature, translated into 34 languages and embraced by critics in media such as the New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian, among many others. Stuart’s writing is characterised by a critical perspective and an engagement with social landscapes that are often marginalised and pushed into the shadows of society, as well as an ability to capture with his words the strength and complexity of emotions in human relationships.

Update: 22 July 2021

Has participated in

Conversation with Douglas Stuart and Bel Olid

Writing is my riot