Douglas Stuart, Shuggie Bain (Scotland-US)
Shuggie Bain was selected by a panel of five judges: Margaret Busby (chair), editor, literary critic and former publisher; Lee Child, author; Sameer Rahim, author and critic; Lemn Sissay, writer and broadcaster; and Emily Wilson, classicist and translator.
The other shortlisted books were:
Diane Cook, The New Wilderness (US)
Tsitsi Dangarembga, This Mournable Body (Zimbabwe)
Avni Doshi, Burnt Sugar (US)
Maaza Mengiste, The Shadow King (Ethiopia-US)
Brandon Taylor, Real Life (US)