Douglas Stuart’s ‘Young Mungo’ will soon be hitting our screens as A24 announced that they are adapting the 2022 gay novel for a BBC production!
The news about ‘Young Mungo’ came out months after A24 announced in November 2022 that they will also be adapting Stuart’s other (and first) novel ‘Shuggie Bain’. It will be aired on BBC One and iPlayer.
Set in the 1990s, ‘Young Mungo’ tells the story of two boys, Protestant Mungo and Catholic James, living in Glasgow but had to confront homophobia, toxic masculinity, and religious divide present in their society at that time. They had to hide their relationship with their families, especially Mungo’s older brother who is also a gang leader.
The book was named Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, NPR, Time, The Guardian, Amazon, Apple BookPage, Reader’s Digest, and the Times Of London, among others.
‘Shuggie Bain’, on the other hand, is a 2020 novel set in 1980s Glasgow which focuses on Hugh “Shuggie” Bain with his mother Agnes who suffers from alcoholism. After his older siblings left him, he struggles with his sexuality, unsure of how to be a “normal” boy while he takes care of his mother.
‘Shuggie Bain’ also won awards including the Booker Prize, Debut of the Year, and Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. It also made the shortlist for the US National Book Award for Fiction.
As of writing time, there is no announced release date for ‘Young Mungo’ and ‘Shuggie Bain’.