Stuart: A Life Backwards

Alexander Masters

A brilliantly original biography

A brilliantly original biography of a man from Cambridge who is homeless and has addiction and other personal and mental health issues, including alcoholism, self-harm, crime, violence, drugs, special schools... and much more besides.

Written in a highly engaging style, the book is a who-done-it told in reverse, taking you into a chaotic and desperate world that many of us never see. The book is funny, uplifting and inspiring and Stuart is a remarkable character. He is highly complex, at times frustrating, at times inspiring, intelligent, funny.

If you want to read an engaging book about mental health this is a great place to start. It was also made into a film of the same name featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy.

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