Booker Prize 2020: Douglas Stuart’s novel Shuggie Bain wins

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image copyrightClive Smithimage captionStuart says his novel is "a love story looking at that unconditional, often tested love that children can have for flawed parents"

Douglas Stuart has won the Booker Prize for Shuggie Bain, his debut novel about a boy in 1980s Glasgow trying to support his mother as she struggles with addiction and poverty.

Chair of judges Margaret Busby said the judges' decision was unanimous and they only "took an hour to decide".

The book is "challenging, intimate and gripping… anyone who reads it will never feel the same" she said.

Stuart, 44, said he was "absolutely stunned" to win.

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