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  • Paperback
  • 292 pages
  • Stuart: A Life Backwards
  • Alexander Masters
  • English
  • 06 June 2019
  • 9780007200375

About the Author: Alexander Masters

Alexander Masters is an author and screenwriter He is the son of authors

10 thoughts on “Stuart: A Life Backwards

  1. says:

    Excuse me while I go pick up the broken pieces of my shattered heart from the floor.

  2. says:

    A beautiful dog, some kind of retriever probably, had a litter of puppies, every one of them a golden ball of pure joy, and this directly led to the deaths of three people in Oxford, that famous university town in England, some years ago The people were homeless, and it s a known fact that homeless people love their dogs, because their dogs are their family And plus, a dog will keep you warm at night And especially they loved these little puppies and were thrilled when the owner of the puppies gave them all away But it was a cold, cold winter that year, so cold that in the January even hardcore homeless people were needing a shelter, which usually they would avoid like the plague But they had the beautiful little puppies And the rule at the shelter was NO DOGS So the homeless people stayed with their dogs and died of hypothermia The puppies weren t big enough to keep them from dying.This is just one of a lot of stories from the difficult life of Stuart Shorter, a man who had problems than the last ten people you met where you said to yourself whoah, they ve got problems put together, as told to and meditated upon by Alexander Masters They must be the strangest double act in modern times This is a sad, sad book but it s pretty much a must read.

  3. says:

    I ve just finished this book, and honestly I m so ineloquent with words I m not going to even try and write a proper review, I could never do it any justice or hope to explain all the little thoughts about life it made me have but I want everyone to read it.It was incredibly sad, insightful, funny, heart warming and disturbing I know Stuart had done some terrible things in his short life, that he was incredibly damaged but I thought he was also extremely charismatic and intellegent, a beautiful soul and all through the book like Alexander I was maddened at how he could of been extrodaianry but he chose this chaotic life of violence and addiction and self abuse, and like his mum I wanted to grab him by his feet turn him upside down and shake all the bad things out of him.It broke my heart the things that he went through as a child, the horrific abuse he suffered, It was like a murder mystery, what murdered the person that he could of become, the sad thing is that their are men like Stuart everywhere, the man who sells the big issue outside sainsburys I bet he has a simular story to tell, I bet I pass men like him everyday.

  4. says:

    Having spent most of my life working in the human services field, this book really gave me a lot to think about Then again, it would have done that no matter what For years I tried so hard not to let myself become jaded or cynical about the clients I worked with, realizing that the behavior I witnessed and the personal details I knew about probably only scratched the surfaces of the sum total of their lives experiences full admission ultimately, I failed This book delves deep beneath surface perceptions and exposes a lot of ugliness Reading Stuart, I was simultaneously deeply touched, disgusted, horrified, glad I read it, and sorry I d pulled my head out of the sand.For anyone who thinks we re all equal, especially in America yes, I realize this book was written by a Brit about a Brit , hopefully this book will make you think again Some of us are born into circumstances that will always prevent a level playing field We may all share the same planet, but we don t all live in the same world.However, the fact that Stuart was still able to display any type of humor, intelligence or sensitivity despite what his fellow human beings had done to him, does give me some hope.

  5. says:

    So all of the praise on the jacket seems to involve people falling over themselves Not that there s anything wrong with that And not that I don t get it It s just that, well it s not that kind of a book Stuart is a homeless guy except he s not, when we meet him Who s mentally ill except he s doing okay, when we meet him Who s been in prison countless times Who the system failed except it didn t, because somebody who wasn t himself had to get him out of that parking garage Stuart and Alexander both live in Oxford, where Alex is a writer Social activist Shelter worker All at the same time A little about Stuart Stuart cannot have a driving licence There are already so many penalty points lined up in police stations waiting to be put on that licence the moment the licence comes into existence that, even if such a licence ever were to exist, it would at one and the same time be impossible for it to exist Only Stuart could manage to give his relationship with vehicle documentation a flavour of quantum mechanics.Stuart is curious and opinionated and educated and insanely disfunctional There are so many disparate parts and qualifications, it s almost impossible to figure out how the whole thing works Which is what Alexander is trying to work out Sour with disapproval, a plump man with bookshelf glasses accuses Stuart of wanting to legalise heroin No, sir, just cannabis Smack means junkies and less long term economic production Does the man know how many detox beds there is in Oxford for all them junkies Two, sir And half the time when they ve been in them beds for five or six days they re put straight back into the situation they were in before they went there They fall off the wagon as quick as they got on the wagon Where, the tax off puff would actually pay for all the treatment programmes and policing for heroin addiction Legalise cannabis but come down like a ton of bricks on the class As When I come back after fifteen minutes, Stuart and the man with the glasses are having an amiable conversation about South American politics.It s just that Stuart has these tendencies toward violence and is so unstable If you got a picture of a sixth form college now, he concludes sentimentally, you d be lucky if you found two people who didn t look exactly the same as everyone else But in them days it wasn t boring and materialistic, like today Then you d get together and beat the hell out of each other Yeah

  6. says:

    I don t read a lot of biographies and I picked this book up on a whim a few days ago when I was filling in time browsing in the bookshop because I was early for my hairdresser appointment I bought the book because of the opening page, which I read in the shop Hair done, magazines read, holiday s discussed not really , I went home and ignored my teetering to read pile and got stuck into Stuart because of page 6 Basically, if you like pages 1 to 6 of this book then you ll like the rest I loved pages 1 6 And page 6 got me hooked Alexander Masters, the biographer, captures in his wit and frustration the problems of a middle class person trying to understand the chaotic person that is Stuart, wonderfully I do mean wonderfully His writing is beautiful and funny and clever Ultimately however, the story of Stuart is a tragedy.

  7. says:

    A very moving accurate and unromanticised view of the issue of homelessness, addiction and mental illness, Masters achieves something quite rare in confronting the inherent tragedy of these issues without glossing over the real life choices that led to Stuart s dilemma There is seemingly a whole industry spawned from tragic life stories and those that have overcome great difficulties to simply have a normal existence but what Masters achieves through his telling of Stuart s story is highlight the story that all too often goes untold of the person who is never capable of overcoming the great misfortunes that life has thrown their way Stuart is as mentioned you re stereotypical local nutter, the kind that is evident in just about any city of size and whom most of us would cross the street to avoid Master s turns tables on the situation by actually confronting Stuart and listening to his story, something you feel is far too seldom the case and between the two of them an uneasy friendship is formed Their friendship which in essence frames the story is one in its truest sense with Masters, who comes across as far from a bleeding hearted liberal, taking the unique approach of actually treating Stuart as a human being rather than a victim The story he tells is not one that sympathises with every aspect of Stuart s life choices and you realise as you read it that in fact a large portion of the blame for Stuart s circumstance s must fall to Stuart himself, who time and again self sabotages the opportunities that are granted him to escape the cycle of addiction and poverty Through Stuart s story Masters illustrates the many problems faced with dealing with the issues that he faces, ones that sadly it would seem cannot be resolved by policy or social welfare and at the end seems only to push for the treatment of everyone regardless of situation as a human being first as the only effective means of gaining understanding and hopefully fostering the society that policy often fails to achieve.

  8. says:

    This biography tells the life story of Stuart Shorter, a homeless knife wielding nutter, from the present back to his childhood, to explain how he went from being a happy go lucky little boy to a homeless drug addict I loved this book, but read it with a sense of foreboding, knowing that it was going to go back to some horrible events in his childhood , and it does The book jumps back and forth quite a bit, some of it is funny as Stuart tells of his various stints in prisons all over England, and his method of not getting bullied in prison to establish yourself as the resident psycho Stuart s conversations with Alexander Masters are priceless, and the two become friends, even though Alexander finds Stuart s chaotic lifestyle frustrating and constantly seeks answers Their hilarious conversation where Stuart explains what a rung car is, proves what different worlds they come from I liked the way Masters shows us the writing of the book, and we see Stuart s reaction to various chapters as it progresses Bollocks Boring being his reaction to the first draft Stuart s main enemy, The System failed him from school to prison, and one of the most poignant parts of this book is a letter from Stuart s primary school teacher to the author, as she reflects whether she could have done to help him then Everyone should read this book, anyone who s ever passed a homeless person in the street and thought He looks so normal, what s he doing there should read this This book brought out a real person behind the underclass we see shambling around our cities every day.

  9. says:

    The author did a great job helping me understand Stuart s life, a man of the streets Addiction, abuse, mental illness, physical challenges, it s no mystery why Stuart lived the way he did What really stood out for me was the insight into the man s mind For most of us, there s a chronology and schedule to our days When that falls apart, there s confusion With a steady flow of chaotic events, our very sense of self becomes unstable Sadly, there s not much hope offered for how to improve lives, except early intervention I didn t understand some of the UK terminology and system, but I would think the experience translates pretty well to the American one.

  10. says:

    I wouldn t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn t yet read it, but this story is heartbreaking It is also funny and clever and wonderful This is the extraordinary story of Stuart.There were many times throughout this book that tears sprung to my eyes, although not always at the sad bits The display of general kindness, decency, and humanity is incredibly moving by itself If any book promotes acceptance, this is it.It s hard to fully summarise Stuart A Life Backwards, but believe me when I say that it is strangely beautiful Definitely one of those books that everyone should read.

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