Stuart: A Life Backwards

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 01/02/2006
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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


‘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 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
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
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