Author(s): Alexander Masters


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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Winner of Hawthornden Prize 2006. Shortlisted for British Book Awards: Biography of the Year 2006.

Alexander Masters lives in Cambridge, where he has worked in a hostel for homeless people. This is his first book.

General Fields

  • : 9780007241774
  • : HarperCollins Publishers
  • : HarperPerennial
  • : 0.217
  • : February 2007
  • : 196mm X 130mm X 20mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 304
  • : 362.5092
  • : (Reissue)
  • : Paperback
  • : Alexander Masters