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Young Mungo

Young Mungo

Written by Douglas Stuart

Narrated by Chris Reilly


Young Mungo

Written by Douglas Stuart

Narrated by Chris Reilly

ratings:
4.5/5 (14 ratings)
Length:
13 hours
Released:
Apr 5, 2022
ISBN:
9781705056554
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Audiobook

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Editor's Note

Beautifully tragic…

Mungo, a 15 year-old living in an abusive Protestant household in early 1990s Glasgow, only knows violence, yet he somehow retains his gentle heart. The discovery of his verboten friendship with James, a Catholic boy and kindred spirit, leads to a powerful ending. Stuart’s exploration of masculinity among working-class men and the turmoil between Catholics and Protestants in Scotland is as beautifully written as it is tragic.

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A story of queer love and working-class families, Young Mungo is the brilliant second novel from the Booker Prize–winning author of Shuggie Bain Douglas Stuart’s first novel Shuggie Bain, winner of the 2020 Booker Prize, is one of the most successful literary debuts of the century so far. Published or forthcoming in forty territories, it has sold more than one million copies worldwide. Now Stuart returns with Young Mungo, his extraordinary second novel. Both a page-turner and literary tour de force, it is a vivid portrayal of working-class life and a deeply moving and highly suspenseful story of the dangerous first love of two young men. Growing up in a housing estate in Glasgow, Mungo and James are born under different stars—Mungo a Protestant and James a Catholic—and they should be sworn enemies if they’re to be seen as men at all. Yet against all odds, they become best friends as they find a sanctuary in the pigeon dovecote that James has built for his prize racing birds. As they fall in love, they dream of finding somewhere they belong, while Mungo works hard to hide his true self from all those around him, especially from his big brother Hamish, a local gang leader with a brutal reputation to uphold. And when, several months later, Mungo’s mother sends him on a fishing trip to a loch in Western Scotland with two strange men whose drunken banter belies murky pasts, he will need to summon all his inner strength and courage to try to get back to a place of safety, a place where he and James might still have a future. Imbuing the everyday world of its characters with rich lyricism and giving full voice to people rarely acknowledged in the literary world, Young Mungo is a gripping and revealing story about the bounds of masculinity, the divisions of sectarianism, the violence faced by many queer people, and the dangers of loving someone too much.
Released:
Apr 5, 2022
ISBN:
9781705056554
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as ebookEbook

About the author

Douglas Stuart was born and raised in Glasgow. After graduating from the Royal College of Art, he moved to New York, where he began a career in fashion design. Shuggie Bain, his first novel, won the Booker Prize and both 'Debut of the Year' and 'Book of The Year' at the British Book Awards. It was also shortlisted for the US National Book Award for Fiction, among many other awards. His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker and his essay on gender, anxiety and class was published by Lit Hub. He divides his time between New York and Glasgow. Young Mungo is his second novel.



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  • (5/5)
    One of the most heartachingly beautiful books I’ve ever read. Stuart’s characters are written so well that I feel I know them and now that I’m done reading, I feel real grief that they’re gone. I loved Mungo instantly as if he was my own. Will I ever stop thinking about him? Stuart weaves the story together using flawless structure and gorgeous prose, all the while capturing the way toxic masculinity beats all the light out of young men. This story is gutting. The violence comes from all sides and cuts deep throughout. It is VERY hard to bear witness to, even if only in the imagination.

    CW: physical brutality, parental emotional abuse, and violent SA

    I could have used a CW myself, so I will give you one. There is non-stop heavy physical brutality, parental emotional abuse, and violent sexual assault content towards one of the sweetest 15 year old boys imaginable in this book. It is just absolutely gutting. I sobbed through most of the book and even though I know he’s a fictional character, there are so many real Mungos out there that I could break into a million pieces and never recover.