Young Mungo

audiobook (Unabridged) The No. 1 Sunday Times Bestseller

By Douglas Stuart

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Winner of The British Book Awards Fiction Audiobook of the Year. Read by Chris Reilly, a BAFTA Scotland award-winning actor and native Glaswegian, his 'beautiful narration' was praised by the BBA judges for bringing 'the written dialect to life'.
'A touching, tender tale of boy meets boy in the bleak tenements of Glasgow . . . Superb' – The Times 'Best Summer Reading'
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.
Born under different stars, Protestant Mungo and Catholic James live in a hyper-masculine world. They are caught between two of Glasgow's 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 they're 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 Mungo's 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 Stuart's 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.
'Reilly's narration, especially when he's voicing the people in Mungo's life who hurt him, is full of barely repressed violence. But Reilly also captures Mungo's wonder, love, and irrepressible softness' - Audiofile magazine

Young Mungo