Stuart

Stuart: A Life Backwards

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 01/02/2006
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Stuart
a tragic life
Stuart Shorter , the subject of this deeply moving and humane biography has live a very troubled and disturbed life. The lives of people such as Stuart rar... READ MORE
Neill Walker@Coleraine

Synopsis

‘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.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780007200375
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 240g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm

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Stuart
Stuart
Stuart is homeless. Does that mean we can understand who and what he's been through because we've read Oliver Twist? Alexander wants to encapsulate him mak... READ MORE
Morley
Stuart
Stuart
I purchased this book after watching its dramatisation on the television. Despite the subject matter, the programme had made me laugh out loud throughout a... READ MORE
Toni Abram
Stuart
A superb biography
This is a wonderful biography, as much about the writer as the eponymous Stuart. Touching, moving, sad, funny, thought provoking. You'll end up feeling a... READ MORE
Ian C