Douglas Stuart was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in London he moved to New York where he began his career as a designer. His first novel Shuggie Bain was published in 2020 to rave reviews. The novel has been sold to a number of countries.
Shuggie Bain was named as one of the ten best debuts in 2020 by The Observer and won the prestigious Booker Prize the same year. In 2021, Shuggie Bain was named Book of the Year and Debut Book of the Year at the British Book Awards.