Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Shuggie Bain is a revelation, and I am in equal parts intimidated and horrified that it is a debut. Hugh “Shuggie” Bain and his mother Agnes are poor. They survive on benefits while navigating the brutal poverty of 1980s Glasgow. According to everyone else, Shuggie is “no right”. He dresses smartly, reveres refinement and tidiness,Continue reading “Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart”

Mordew by Alex Pheby

Nowadays, bookshop shelves groan under the hefty weight of fantasy novels. They are often large, over four hundred pages, with striking covers and dramatic titles, following a typical format of: The [noun] of the [noun]. Readers are inundated with medieval societies, spattered with magic, violence and destiny, the majority of which with a very unsubtleContinue reading “Mordew by Alex Pheby”