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Young Mungo
Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart
The extraordinary, powerful second novel from the Booker prizewinning author of Shuggie Bain, Young Mungo is both a vivid portrayal of working-class life and the deeply moving story of the dangerous first love of two young men: Mungo and James. 'A literary wonder and a suspenseful page-turner.' Publishers' Weekly Born under different stars, Protestant Mungo and Catholic James live in a hyper-masculine world. They are caught between two of Glasgows housing estates where young working-class men divide themselves along sectarian lines, and fight territorial battles for the sake of reputation. They should be sworn enemies if theyre to be seen as men at all, and yet they become best friends as they find a sanctuary in the doocot that James has built for his prize racing pigeons. As they begin to fall in love, they dream of escaping the grey city, and Mungo must work hard to hide his true self from all those around him, especially from his elder brother Hamish, a local gang leader with a brutal reputation to uphold. But the threat of discovery is constant and the punishment unspeakable. When Mungos mother sends him on a fishing trip to a loch in Western Scotland, with two strange men behind whose drunken banter lie murky pasts, he needs to summon all his inner strength and courage 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, Douglas Stuarts Young Mungo is a gripping and revealing story about the meaning of masculinity, the push and pull of family, the violence faced by so many queer people, and the dangers of loving someone too much.
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NovelNancy
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As brilliantly written as Shuggie Bain. Young Mungo is both heartbreaking and breath taking as one witnesses abuse, violence, poverty, alcoholism in Mungo's life while he also discovers love and occasional kindness. The ending leaves one hopeful too. While intense and raw, the plot makes for a compelling read.

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Branwen
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"The air was clearer than he had ever tasted; he tilted his head back and put his tongue out into the breeze. It tasted green like spring grass, but there was a prehistoric brownness to it, as though it had searched an entire age through damp peaty glens and ancient forests, looking for its way to wherever it was going. To Mungo, it was green and it was brown and it was damp and it was clean. He had no words for it. It just smelled like magic."

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Branwen
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Pride Month: Day Fifteen! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

Just finished this book today...and wow. What a heartbreaking story. If you thought Shuggie Bain was sad, this is a million times worse. Lots of poverty, parental neglect, violence, and sexual assault. But...the story still retains a hopeful ending, and Mungo has a future worth fighting for. Just an overall terribly sad story, told in an exquisitely beautiful way. 💕

#pridemonth #queerbooks #lgbtq

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Branwen
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"Jodie said he was gullible. Mo-Maw said she wished she had raised him to be cannier, less of anybody's fool. It was a funny thing to be a disappointment because you were honest and assumed others might be too. The games people played made his head hurt."

What a beautiful yet heartbreaking quote! ? If there is one thing this book and Shuggie Bain have in common, it's their sweet boy protagonists who have to try and survive in a bleak world.

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AnneCecilie
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I didn‘t connect with Shuggie Bain and DNF the physical copy, but managed to finish it on audio. This was completely different and I don‘t know if it‘s because I heard Stuart talk about this last week or if it‘s the book.

The Hamish family lives in Glasgow‘s East End. The mum, Mo-Maw, drinks and is putting her own happiness ahead of her children‘s. Hamish is the oldest and leader of a gang. Jodie is the middle sister who has tried to take care

AnneCecilie of Mungo. Mungo is trying to take care of his mum. One day he meets James and they quickly becomes friends. 3w
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Simona
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It's hard not to compare YM with SB because the basic story is the same - a dysfunctional family, a complicated relationship between an alcoholic mother and children, in this book - Mung's older brother, who is brutally violent, a sister who sees a way out to the better life - but this means giving up Mungo in a way, and ultimately Mungo himself - with his sexual identity and all the problems posed by homosexuality, queernes in a very toxic … 👇

Simona … and masculine environment.
The structure of the story is divided into two timelines - the past, where we learn about the relationships and dynamics of the family, then more broadly - social problems, the male-female relationship, and of course the relationship to homosexuality. 👇
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Simona The timeline that takes place in the present - is terrifying, shocking and brutally raw, but author succeeds in avoiding too melodramatic touches in the prose/scenes, and this is the component of his writing that makes his stories even more powerful. 3w
squirrelbrain Great review! I bought this the day it came out but still haven‘t got round to reading it; need to get to it soon. 3w
Simona Thank you @squirrelbrain If you liked Shuggie Bain, I am sure that you will like Young Mungo too … 3w
Megabooks Excellent review! I‘m trying to read lighter books this summer but am looking forward to this in the fall. 3w
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MysticFaerie
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5🌟/5🌟

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candc320
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Did I just buy Shuggie Bain last weekend? Yes. Did I then go ahead and purchase the author‘s second book before reading the first? Also yes! It was on sale on Amazon and I couldn‘t resist!

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CarolynM
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I thought Shuggie Bain was hard on my heart - this one is brutal. Abandoned by his mother, bullied by his brother & heartbreakingly cared for by his sister Mungo is a gentle soul alone & unprotected in a violent, lawless society. When he makes a connection with another boy the consequences are vicious & devastating. Stuart writes so well, but his subject matter does not make for pleasant reading. TW: violence, homophobia & sexual assault.
#gaymay

LeahBergen What a great review but … oh my. 💔 4w
CarolynM @LeahBergen Thanks. It‘s good I think, but not a book I would actually recommend to anyone😭 4w
BkClubCare Nope. NOT gonna! 4w
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batsy Love your review. I really need to read Shuggie Bain *and* this! I'm just getting myself emotionally prepared... 4w
Megabooks Moving this to fall because I want lighter summer reading, but I do want to read it. 4w
Megabooks Great review! 4w
CarolynM @BkClubCare No. Don't do it to yourself. 4w
CarolynM @batsy @Megabooks Thanks. I do think both books are worth reading but there is a definite emotional toll. 4w
TrishB Not read either yet due to the suspected 💔 4w
Cathythoughts Great review X. loved Shuggie 💔 , I have this one on the shelf waiting. 4w
CarolynM @TrishB @Cathythoughts 💔 is right, it's impossible not to be moved by it. 4w
MicheleinPhilly Shuggie Bain shattered my heart into a million pieces. I‘m expecting this to do the same but I need to be in a better head space before I tackle it. 4w
TheLudicReader Can‘t wait to read this. I loved Snuggie. 4w
CarolynM @MicheleinPhilly @TheLudicReader For me this was more distressing than Shuggie Bain. I'm glad I wasn't feeling stressed or upset before I started reading it. 4w
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shawnmooney
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https://youtu.be/Jx03_FgMtDo

Intro

Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart

She Came from Mariupol by Natascha Wodin, Alfred Kueppers (Translation)

Sedating Elaine by Dawn Winter

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Sara_Planz
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Young Mungo is the story of a teen growing up in Glasgow. Mungo is named after the saint of the town, but Mungo struggles with family issues and his own budding sexuality.

Mungo meets James, a young man in the neighborhood who races pigeons. They build a deep friendship and fall in love.

This novel is traumatic and raw, but completely engrossing. Douglas Stuart creates characters that triumph over the brutality that they are forced to endure.

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CarolynM
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LeahBergen That‘s a nice big stack! 2mo
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome stack 📚 2mo
Cathythoughts Very nice. I‘ve ordered Young Mungo .. looking forward to it. ❤️ 2mo
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Floresj
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This book is heavy. The ending is page turning, and the plot picks up speed mid-way through the novel. It‘s dark and uneven- I‘m glad I finished this one about a poor, gay boy in Glasgow, but it took a bit of effort to get through some dark events. Great ending.

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DavidDiamond
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More exquisite prose from Young Mungo that just pulled at my heartstrings...

Cathythoughts ❤️ 2mo
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DavidDiamond
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A beautiful, disturbing & heart-wrenching story of two teenage boys from the streets of Glasgow, who fall in love & must keep their relationship hidden from the world around them.
While similar to Shuggie Bain ("write what you know!"), Young Mungo elevates the work of Douglas Stuart to a new level. Fully formed, dimensional characters that practically leap off the page alongside beautiful prose & a story that will have you riveted to the end.

Cathythoughts Great review! I‘m ordering this one this morning 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve got this stacked 👌 2mo
DavidDiamond @Cathythoughts Thanks! Hope you love it! 2mo
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Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to this one 👍🏻❤️ (edited) 2mo
DavidDiamond @Cathythoughts Just finished it. I loved it. Hope you do too! 2mo
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ClairesReads
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So bleak and so beautifully written, Young Mungo really hurt my feelings. Perhaps not as structurally sound as Shuggie, but more complex in its characterisation and narrative arc. Young Mungo was highly anticipated and everything I wanted it to be.

Cathythoughts Great review! I‘m looking forward to it. 2mo
Ruthiella I struggled with the bleakness in Shuggie Bain. Not sure if I want to subject myself to it again. 2mo
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Sara_Planz
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Happy World Book Day! Just received this from One More Page Books in Arlington, VA! Looking forward to digging into this one!

Caroline2 What a cool cover. It‘s much better than the UK version. 👍 2mo
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Megabooks
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The only good thing about yesterday was my half hour of BN browsing time and that almost made up for the bad parts. Picked these two up!

Books tagged ⬆️⬇️

Kdgordon88 Love your bookends! 2mo
squirrelbrain Sorry you had some bad stuff yesterday. 😞 I have Young Mungo too, hopefully I‘ll get to it soon! 2mo
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Megabooks @Kdgordon88 thanks! 💜 2mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain thank you 🥰 YM is going on my may bookspin bingo board, so 🤞🏻 next month. 2mo
wanderinglynn I love your book ends. Sorry you had a bad day. I hope things get better for you. 💜 2mo
Megabooks @wanderinglynn thank you on both counts! 💜 2mo
Centique Im so sorry you had a bad day lovely 💕 I hope things improve 🤞🤞 2mo
Megabooks @Centique thanks! 💕💕 2mo
sarahbarnes Books always do help, I‘m sorry. ❤️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Ooh, I want to read the tagged book. Hope today is a better day. 2mo
Megabooks @sarahbarnes @erzascarletbookgasm thank you. 💜 Sometimes it‘s just one of those weeks, but this was definitely a positive highlight! 2mo
Megabooks @erzascarletbookgasm I‘m definitely excited about YM! 2mo
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KathyWheeler My daughter asked me once if anyone ever looked up. She‘d pulled over and parked last year to watch a huge number of monarchs migrating through here, and she found it difficult to believe that no one else stopped to watch something so amazing. That picture is gorgeous. 2mo
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thevagabondlawyer
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A book I almost gave up but I persevered and it turned to be one of my most memorable reads. When "good" was"guid" and "maybe" was "mibbe", and "woman" was "wummin", I had a rough start because of the challenging Scottish dialect but I got used to it before long. Glad, I did. Shuggie Bain, Douglas Stuart's Booker Prize winner and debut novel was masterful, but ????? ????? - it was so much better, so much depth and ?

thevagabondlawyer utterly magnanimous. A character to remember, Mungo represented those who were repressed and castigated by society because of their preference, their choices, their ways, their identities. But Mungo also fought hard to live his truth, to come away, to love big, to care more than his share. And that was something, that was telling. 👏😊 2mo
Addison_Reads Great review! I did this one audio so the language was a little easier to follow that way. I fell in love with this book though. So good. 💚 2mo
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squirrelbrain
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Went to Waterstones earlier to pick up my signed copy of Young Mungo, and Henry came too! He behaved himself very well…

I ordered the book a few weeks ago and it was only when I got 2 dispatch emails from Waterstones that I realised I had also ordered a copy way back in July last year, when it was first announced. 🤦‍♀️

TrishB Love that- Henry and ordering twice ❤️ 2mo
KarenUK Henry is so handsome! 💕 2mo
ravenlee Guess Henry gets his own copy! 2mo
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LeahBergen Good boy, Henry! 2mo
squirrelbrain @ravenlee - they let me return one copy, although I‘m sure Henry would have loved his own (to eat!) 2mo
Libby1 Hi, Henry! I work at a Waterstones in Northern Ireland and love when people bring their doggies in to see us! ❤️ 2mo
Megabooks Henry! 🤩 2mo
squirrelbrain @KarenUK @LeahBergen @Megabooks - he gets lots of attention whenever we go anywhere! 2mo
squirrelbrain Hi, @Libby1 ! 🐾 I wish I could come and see you at your bookshop but it‘s a long way! Henry x🐾 2mo
Leftcoastzen Awww! 2mo
Tamra I recognize that labby face! 😆🐶 2mo
Libby1 I wish you could come to my shop, too! ❤️ 2mo
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jenniferw88
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RaeLovesToRead I've got Shuggie Bain to be read and have got my eye on Young Mungo too. From what I've heard, it sounds like a worthy Booker winner. 2mo
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squirrelbrain Can‘t wait to read this - I have a signed copy on order… 3mo
TrishB I‘m looking forward to this one too. 3mo
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Addison_Reads
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Another brilliant novel by Stuart! I loved Shuggie, but this was even better.

It will crush you, much like his first novel, but he is such an amazing writer that the pain is worth the read. The events in this novel turn dark and violent, but Stuart also captures those heart-pounding, butterflies in your stomach moments that come with falling in love.

Highly recommend if you enjoyed his first book.

#NetGalley

AmyG Better than Shuggie Bain. High praise! 3mo
vivastory Better than Shuggie? High praise! I'm torn if I should read this or the new Mandel first (although I haven't read Glass Hotel yet) 3mo
Addison_Reads @AmyG I was surprised myself that I felt that way. @vivastory I wasn't as big a fan of The Glass Hotel as I was Station Eleven, but I'm excited to read the new one. I hope you both enjoy Young Mungo it's a literary treat. 3mo
Megabooks Wow!! I‘m going to have to check this out! 3mo
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Branwen
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Book mail for today! 🎉🎉🎉 I'm still working my way through the earlier Wings of Fire books, so I won't be starting the new one right away. I will however be starting Young Mungo this evening! Shuggie Bain was such an incredible book, and I'm really looking forward to seeing where Stuart's second book takes me! 💕📚 #bookmail

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Mpcacher
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This is a difficult read for two reasons. The Scottish accents and slang make it slow going and the story itself is very dark with lots of violence and at times it is heartbreaking. In spite of that it is a beautiful story of hope in the darkest of circumstances and one that I will think about for a long while. If literary fiction is your thing, this is a good choice. I gave it 4/5 stars.

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MicheleinPhilly
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Hi all, Life has thrown a metric crap ton of lemons into our life as of late. We are no longer moving so I can now continue acquiring books with abandon. This was gifted to me by the owners of our local indie bookshop. I wish for all of you that you have this level of support and friendship. ❤️

AmyG Oh wow for the book. Sorry about the life crap. 3mo
Smrloomis So sorry to hear the universe isn‘t cooperating 😕 Tell it to fuck off! Oh wait I guess that won‘t work… but hope better days are coming soon 🤞🏽 3mo
Jas16 Hoping that better days are coming. Also really looking forward to your thoughts on the book. 3mo
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LeahBergen Oh, that sucks. I hope life improves for you right away. Sending ❤️❤️❤️! 3mo
Ruthiella Sorry for all the lemons. 🍋☹️ Hope things work out better in future. Enjoy at least your bookish lemonade. 💛 3mo
vivastory I'm sorry to hear about this. I hope things turn around for you! 3mo
squirrelbrain Oh no, sorry to hear about your lemons. 🙁 Your bookshop friends are fab though! Sending hugs. 🤗 3mo
BarbaraBB That sucks. Sour. I really hope things will improve soon. We‘re here for you and your bookshop is awesome 💛 3mo
TrishB Lovely to see your post ♥️ and I love your bookshop x sending hugs. 3mo
Oryx Hope things turn around soon ❤️❤️ 3mo
aa_guer2021 Sending hugs your way! All the best wishes, too. Bookshops that help are a gem for sure! 3mo
CarolynM It certainly feels like the universe has got it in for you sometimes, right? ☹ Sorry to hear you're in that place now. I hope things turn around soon❤ 3mo
Megabooks 💜💜💜💜 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Sorry things didn‘t work out but hope it will next time 💖 3mo
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry that moving hasn‘t worked out. We really wanted to move last year and just couldn‘t make it work. We still hope to at some point though. Sending lots of love. 💗 I hope life gets better soon! (edited) 3mo
DivineDiana So sorry. What a lovely gesture to give you a book to help ease your disappointment. ❤️ 2mo
BookNAround Sorry so many lemons have been lobbed your way lately. I hope stuff improves ASAP and that you enjoy the lovely book gift in the meantime. 2mo
Nute I was just about to ask about the move. Then is saw this post. I am sorry to hear that it didn‘t work out right now. Hopefully, things will improve soon and plans go as desired. Take care, Michele. Sending many hugs!💕 2mo
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vivastory
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Just realized that all three of these highly anticipated novels will be released on April 5th!! I'm going to need to submit a PTO request for a couple of days...

AmyG Oh wow. I didn‘t realize that. I can‘t wait for all 3. 3mo
vivastory @AmyG Right?! What are publishers thinking? It's insanity...but in a good way 3mo
KatieB Oh I can‘t wait for Young Mungo! 3mo
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vivastory @KatieB Shuggie Bain has stuck with me a lot longer than I thought it would. I read it a year & a half ago & I remember it very vividly. A very moving story. 3mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 3mo
Branwen OMG! I loved Shuggie Bain! I had no idea he was coming out with another book! And it's coming so soon! 😍📚 I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you so that you will be able to get some reading PTO! 😁🤞 3mo
vivastory @Branwen Thanks!! I looked at my work calendar yesterday & I think I'll be able to take off at least one full day, if not a day & a half. 🤞 3mo
Branwen @vivastory SCORE! That's great news! 3mo
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