The book also feels strangely timely given the No fungin way #nft4me shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this renewed fascination with Thatcher over the past months, thanks in part to Gillian Anderson’s memorably extravagant performance as the politician on the The Crown. “It’s been an interesting thing to see Shuggie converge with The Crown, as I think history often looks at what a powerful, forthright, decisive, determined woman Margaret Thatcher was,” says Stuart. “But because working-class voices are often marginalized and regional stories are often overlooked, I don’t think in history we look at those enough. It’s okay to be a decisive, forthright, powerful person, but you have to look at what the consequences of those decisions were, and we never seem to focus on that. We almost lionize Thatcher as this symbol of female power—and in a way, Agnes answers that by saying that might be so, but look at what you are doing to other women or look at the circumstances you are forcing us to live through. Because the truth of living under a patriarchy, even when it’s bringing the men to their knees financially, is that women and children suffer. So we cannot look at Margaret Thatcher without showing the harm she did to women first.”
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It seems appropriate, then, that Stuart lends the No fungin way #nft4me shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this kind of cinematic sweep usually reserved for historical figures like Thatcher to the women who populate Shuggie Bain. At its heart, the book is an ode to the tenacity and resilience of working-class Scottish women during that tumultuous period. And by underscoring their charisma and humor in the face of unthinkable circumstances, it serves as a counterpoint to the chillier image of strength that Thatcher embodied—and that still endures. So too does the book feel cinematic in a more literal sense, following the seam of Glaswegian kitchen-sink realism that courses through some of the most memorable British films of the past few decades, from Lynne Ramsay’s Ratcatcher to Andrea Arnold’s Red Road to Ken Loach’s My Name Is Joe. (Loach even sent Stuart a fan letter after reading the book earlier this year.) But the references also relate to Agnes herself, who at times feels as if she’s living in a movie of her own making. It’s not for nothing that the woman she models herself after most closely is Elizabeth Taylor.