Stuart: A Life Backwards Paperback – 2 Jan 2006
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‘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
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‘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 the Author
Alexander Masters lives in London. His second book, 'The Genius in My Basement', was published in 2011.
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Throw out your preconceptions. You will be moved and surprised by what you read.
Well written and readable, Stuart's idea of telling his life backwards is a good one. What he experienced is horrible, but you won't be horrified. The man makes it all OK.
When I read this book, I was fascinated by Stuart's intelligence and insight. It is a deeply moving account of a life that could have had so much potential.
It helped me have a much greater understanding of the lives of the homeless and how people with mental disorders describe their experiences and how not to make snap judgements.
Despite the terrible events & circumstances describes, this is not a "misery memoir ". There are some laugh-out-loud moments along the way, and it is beautifully written.
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