Stuart: A Life Backwards - 4th Estate Matchbook Classics (Paperback)
  • Stuart: A Life Backwards - 4th Estate Matchbook Classics (Paperback)
zoom

Stuart: A Life Backwards - 4th Estate Matchbook Classics (Paperback)

(author)
4 Reviews Sign in to write a review
£9.99
Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 04/04/2019
  • In stock

Available

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

The winner of the Guardian First Book Award that reinvented the biographic form.

One of the ten books - novels, memoirs and one very unusual biography - that make up our Matchbook Classics' series, a stunningly redesigned collection of some of the best loved titles on our backlist.

Stuart: A Life Backwards expanded the possibilities of what a biography could be: the stories it could tell, and how it could tell them. It is about 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 thief, hostage-taker, psycho and street raconteur.

Told backwards - Stuart's idea - it starts with a deeply troubled thirty-two-year-old stepping out in front of the 11.15 train from London to King's Lynn, and ends with a 'happy-go-lucky little boy' of twelve. Compelling, humane and funny, it is as extraordinary and unexpected as the life it describes.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008329723
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 310 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'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

'Good books like this appear about once every five years. It's been years since I've been so delighted by a book and so surprised by it ... When I'd finished I felt bereft, as if I'd lost an old friend.' Zadie Smith

'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

You may also be interested in...

Women Don't Owe You Pretty
Added to basket
£12.99   £10.99
Hardback
My Name Is Why
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Lady in Waiting
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Talking with Serial Killers
Added to basket
Between the Stops
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
Added to basket
Brief Answers to the Big Questions
Added to basket
The Fear Bubble
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Life Lessons
Added to basket
£12.99   £9.99
Hardback
In the Wars
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
Did Ye Hear Mammy Died?
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
Ramble Book
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Kitchen Confidential
Added to basket
In Black and White
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Chasing The Light
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback

“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 making their friendship a struggle, and as fascinating... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 63
Neill Walker@Coleraine

“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 rarely enter our consciesness unless as lurid headlines in the... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 38

“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 and I became curious about the book.Reading reviews of this... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 37

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.