The 44-year-old Stuart, who wins 50,000 kilos ($66,000) and is just the second Scot to have received the distinguished literary prize, stated he was surprised.
The guide, based mostly on his personal childhood, tells of a younger boy rising up throughout powerful years in Glasgow with a mom who’s battling dependancy. Stuart’s personal mom died of alcoholism when he was 16.
“I feel I’ve been clear that my mom is in each web page of this guide and with out her I wouldn’t be right here and my work wouldn’t be right here,” he stated.
“My mom sadly suffered with dependancy and didn’t survive that dependancy,” he advised the award ceremony, which needed to be principally held remotely due to a lockdown in England to cease the unfold of COVID-19.
“And so for 30 years I’ve carried an terrible lot of kind of loss and love and ache, and I needed actually simply to inform the story of what it was wish to develop up queer in Glasgow, to develop up with a father or mother who you like however you couldn’t save.”
Margaret Busby, the chair of judges, stated the novel was gracefully and powerfully written.
“‘Shuggie Bain’ is destined to be a basic — a shifting, immersive and nuanced portrait of a tight-knit social world, its folks and its values,” she stated.
Amongst those that contributed to the ceremony have been former US President Barack Obama, who stated studying had supplied a short respite from the each day challenges of the presidency.
Camilla, the spouse of British heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, stated this yr’s prize was extra necessary than ever.
“Whereas COVID disadvantaged us of so many cultural pleasures… we now have, at the least, been in a position to learn,” she stated. “So long as we are able to learn, we are able to journey, we are able to escape, we are able to discover, we are able to snigger, we are able to cry and we are able to grapple with life’s mysteries.” ($1 = 0.7535 kilos)