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About the Author: Alexander Masters

Alexander Masters is an author and screenwriter. He is the son of authors Dexter Masters and Joan Brady.

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A Life Backwards by

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Paperback, Published in Sep 2006 by Harper Perennial

ISBN10: 0007200374 | ISBN13: 9780007200375

Page count: 292

Stuart, A Life Backwards is the story of a friendship between a reclusive writer and illustrator and a chaotic, knife-wielding beggar whom he gets to know during a campaign to release charity workers from prison.

Interwoven into this is Stuart's confession: the story of his life, told backwards. With humour, compassion (and exasperation) Alexander Masters slowly works back through post-office heists, prison riots and the exact day Stuart discovered violence, to unfold the reasons why he changed from a happy-go-lucky little boy into a polydrug-addicted-alcoholic Jekyll and Hyde personality, with a fondness for what he called 'little strips of silver' (knives, to you and me).

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