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Stuart By Alexander Masters

Stuart
by Alexander Masters

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`Stuart does not like the manuscript. He's after a bestseller, "like what Tom Clancy writes". "But you are not an assassin trying to frazzle the president with anthrax bombs," I point out. You are an ex-homeless, ex-junkie psychopath, I do not add.'

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Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters

`Stuart does not like the manuscript. He's after a bestseller, "like what Tom Clancy writes". "But you are not an assassin trying to frazzle the president with anthrax bombs," I point out. You are an ex-homeless, ex-junkie psychopath, I do not add.'

This is the story of a remarkable friendship between a reclusive writer (`a middle-class scum ponce, if you want to be honest about it, Alexander'), and Stuart Shorter, a homeless, knife-wielding thief. Told backwards - Stuart's idea - it starts with a deeply troubled thirty-two-year-old and ends with a `happy-go-lucky little boy' of twelve. This brilliant biography, winner of the Guardian First Book Award, presents a humbling portrait of homeless life, and is as extraordinary and unexpected as the man it describes.

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Stuart Reviews


`Unique and wonderful.' Daily Mail

`Possibly the best biography I have ever read.' Mark Haddon

`This is a very rare and haunting book ... A great first book.' Andrew O'Hagan

'Good books like this appear about once every five years. It's been years since I've been so delighted by a book and so surprised by it ... When I'd finished I felt bereft, as if I'd lost an old friend.' Zadie Smith

`Utterly compelling and very funny.' Daily Telegraph

`One of the most remarkable and touching biographies I've ever read.' Minette Marin, Sunday Times

'I feel so strongly about this strange, funny, sad book that I hardly know where to begin ... My enthusiasm feels almost limitless. A page-turner.' Observer

'Funny and original, a startling book ... By the end I was doubled up in tears, but throughout I was often doubled up with laughter. It is dazzling.' Vogue

'A remarkable biography. Unforgettably moving. A gripping read.' Tim Lott, Sunday Times

`A comedy of errors and horrors deftly handled and with a terrifically droll sense of humour.' Melanie McGrath, Evening Standard

'With his first book, Alexander Masters ... has achieved something remarkable. He has, without patronising, given a voice to the "underclass"; at the same time, without preaching, he shows us the value of even the most damaged of human lives ... a powerful book, humane, instructive and entirely original. Sunday Telegraph

About Alexander Masters


Alexander Masters lives in London. His second book, `The Genius in My Basement', was published in 2011.

Additional information

GOR000516678
Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters
Alexander Masters
Used - Very Good
Paperback
HarperCollins Publishers
2006-02-01
304
0007200374
9780007200375
Winner of Hawthornden Prize 2006 Winner of Guardian First Book Award 2005 Short-listed for British Book Awards: Biography of the Year 2006 Short-listed for Whitbread Book Awards: Biography Category 2005 Short-listed for Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2005
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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