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In this extraordinary book, Alexander Masters has created a moving portrait of a troubled man, an unlikely friendship, and a desperate world few ever see. A gripping who-done-it journey back in time, it begins with Masters meeting a drunken Stuart lying on a sidewalk in Cambridge, England, and leads through layers of hellback through crimes and misdemeanors, prison and homelessness, suicide attempts, violence, drugs, juvenile halls and special schoolsto expose the smiling, gregarious thirteen-year-old boy who was Stuart before his long, sprawling, dangerous fall.
Shocking, inspiring, and hilarious by turns, Stuart: A Life Backwards is a writers quest to give voice to a man who, beneath his forbidding exterior, has a message for us all: that every lifeeven the most chaotic and disreputableis a story worthy of being told.
From the Hardcover edition.