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Stuart : A Life Backwards

Part of the 4th Estate Matchbook Classics series
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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.

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Product Details
Fourth Estate Ltd
0008329729 / 9780008329723
Paperback / softback
United Kingdom
294 pages : illustrations (black and white)
20 cm
Reprint. Originally published: 2005.