Douglas Stuart, the 2020 Booker Prize winner for his novel, Shuggie Bain, donated 300 copies of the popular work to those who are living with homelessness through “Streetreads;” a charity project that provides free books and human connection to people in need.
“Books are a great way to spark conversations and build the connections which are so vital to help people recover from homelessness and discover new life paths,” Streetreads stated in a recent appeal for funds. We gift books in new or mint condition so that our readers know it is a present offered with love and respect. With your support we can reach out to more homeless readers. If you love books and people, please donate now, share our story and fundraise for us.”
Shuggie Bain is Stuart’s national best-selling novel that tells the story of a young boy growing up amidst poverty and addiction in 1980’s Glasgow, Scotland. Hugh Bain, called “Shuggie,” struggles with balancing caring for his alcohol dependent mother and trying to maintain a “normal” childhood for a boy his age. “A heartbreaking story of addiction, sexuality, and love,” the publisher’s description details. Now, this phenomenal piece of literature is reaching out to those in need.
By donating 300 copies of Shuggie Bain, that many more people will not only be connected to the messages of hope and resilience therein, but they’ll also be connected to a wonderful organization that aims to foster healing relationships and recovery from living with homelessness.
Hugh Hill, director of services and development at Simon Community Scotland (the host location of Streetreads), said of Stuart’s novel:
Shuggie Bain can speak to so many by reflecting a lived experience that is not often enough represented in books, and ultimately offer some hope. We are very grateful to Streetreads who not only provide support and accommodation to those on the streets but also help them to open up new horizons through books and reading, and we hope that the gift of Shuggie Bain and his story will help them in their vital outreach.
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