Stuart: A Life Backwards Alexander Masters, an advocate for the homeless in the U.K., has written the year's most surprising, charming biography: the tragi-hilarious tale of Stuart Shorter, an… 2006-05-30 Biography Nonfiction Delacorte
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Stuart: A Life Backwards (2006)

Details Release Date: May 30, 2006; Writer: Alexander Masters; Genres: Biography, Nonfiction; Publisher: Delacorte

Alexander Masters, an advocate for the homeless in the U.K., has written the year's most surprising, charming biography: the tragi-hilarious tale of Stuart Shorter, an opinionated, annoying yet likable ex-con, a former junkie psychopath who's spent his life bouncing between jail, the street, and various state-funded programs, a man for whom ''every day is a hum of casual outrages.'' An easygoing guide, Masters takes Shorter's idea to tell the story in reverse: ''Make it more like a murder mystery. What murdered the boy I was?'' Stuart: A Life Backwards is required reading for every ''middle-class geeky c---'' — as Shorter occasionally calls Masters — who can't imagine how a human winds up on the street.

Originally posted May 26, 2006 Published in issue #879 Jun 02, 2006 Order article reprints
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