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Stranger Than… – Stuart: A Life Backwards By Alexander Masters

Stranger Than… – Stuart: A Life Backwards
by Alexander Masters

A memoir, which presents the story of a remarkable friendship between a reclusive writer and illustrator and a chaotic, knife-wielding beggar whom he gets to know during a campaign to release two charity workers from prison. It also talks about Stuart's life.
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This is a highly original and captivating memoir which has captured the hearts of readers everywhere. "Stuart, A Life Backwards", is the story of a remarkable friendship between a reclusive writer and illustrator ('a middle class scum ponce, if you want to be honest about it, Alexander) and a chaotic, knife-wielding beggar whom he gets to know during a campaign to release two charity workers from prison. Interwoven into this, is Stuart's confession: the story of his life, told backwards. With humour, compassion (and exasperation) Masters slowly works back through post-office heists, prison riots and the exact day Stuart discovered violence, to unfold the reasons why he changed from a happy-go-lucky little boy into a polydrug-addicted-alcoholic Jekyll and Hyde personality, with a fondness for what he called 'little strips of silver' (knives to you and me). Funny, despairing, brilliantly written and full of surprises: this is the most original and moving biography of recent years.

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Sku
GOR001281476
Title
Stranger Than… – Stuart: A Life Backwards
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Paperback
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers
Year published
Number of pages
304
ISBN 10
0007241771
ISBN 13
9780007241774
Prizes
Winner of Hawthornden Prize 2006 Short-listed for British Book Awards: Biography of the Year 2006
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