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A truly outstanding, original book,
By A Customer
This review is from: Stuart: A Life Backwards (Paperback)
Tne story of Stuart Shorter is the story of a person nobody wants to know- the homeless 'nutter', the beggar, the addict, the offender. Nobody that is, except, for reasons that aren't at first clear even to him, Alexander Masters, a hostel worker who stumbles across Stuart begging in Cambridge. Their relationship is unique in literature, one is an illiterate yob and the other is an ex-boarding-school pupil and do-gooder. Somehow they immediately connect and as their touching relationship unfolds and Stuart's life is rewound, you realise that this nutter is a truly amazing human being. His biographer brings him to life so brilliantly it is impossible not to howl (mentally at least) with laughter at their adventures at the Home Office, Stuart's incisive insights, and then at the agony of the inevitable tragedies. Brilliant, buy it, be moved and then wonder how much potential is in all those homeless 'scum' asking for change from downtrodden commuters on their way to and from work.
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Initial post: 14 Feb 2017, 23:08:15 GMT
This is the true story of two people that I knew and worked alongside to try to right a cruel injustice. Stuart was the most courageous person that I have ever known and Alexander has captured this perfectly in his amazing writing. Once you start this you won't be able to put it down as Alexander works backwards through Stuart's life, as Stuart insisted that he should, peeling back layer upon layer. It's a poignant story but often very funny indeed. Buy it - you'll really enjoy it.
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