I was delighted to see that this year’s winner was Douglas Stuart with his incredible debut novel ‘Shuggie Bain’.
We read this novel for the Wellington College Community Book Club and had a fascinating discussion about it. I was, at first, quite reluctant to read such a harrowing and gritty novel set in grinding poverty, hunger and unemployment in Glasgow in the 1980s. However, I’m very glad I did as it was a poignant, touching and beautifully written story of a young boy’s relationship with his mother who was struggling with alcoholism. Shuggie is a a remarkable boy who we travel with as he grows from 5 year old to teenager – fiercely loyal to his mother Agnes. This is a novel which transports the reader to that time and place and once read is never to be forgotten.
20th November 2020: Here are a selection of the latest book reviews and recommendations from the 3rd form:
Factfulness by Hans Rosling (recommended by Harry G)
It is a great book but does seem to drag on a bit with the same idea all the way through but still a great book and very interesting and really made me think.
Geek Girl by Holly Smale (Lydia R)
I loved this book and how inspiring and interesting it was.
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (Theo B)
A very emotional book which covers a lot of modern problems
The Territory by Sarah Govett
(Alexander C) The book was very emotional and moving and had all the right things to keep you interested throughout the book.
and another 5 star review for The Territory:
A unique book, the first one I have read that is in a diary form. It has interesting plot development. Even though it has a diary like form, it has great scenery description and also because it is in a diary form, the story was told from one person only, keeping the readers guessing for what the other characters are thinking.
Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah (Nina G)
I rate this book 5 stars. It was very well written as it was based off a little boy struggling in a new country alone. It made me think about my life and how different it could be. It was quite an emotional book and my thoughts on all the characters changed constantly.