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'Stuart does t like the manuscript. He's after a bestseller, like what Tom Clancy writes . But you are t an assassin trying to frazzle the president with anthrax bombs, I point out. You are an ex-homeless, ex-junkie psychopath, I do t add.' This is the story of 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 homeless, knife-wielding thief. Told backwards - Stuart's idea - it starts with a deeply troubled thirty-two-year-old and ends with a 'happy-go-lucky little boy' of twelve. This brilliant biography, winner of the Guardian First Book Award, presents a humbling portrait of homeless life, and is as extraordinary and unexpected as the man it describes.
Alexander Masters lives in London. His second book, 'The Genius in My Basement', was published in 2011.
Winner of Hawthornden Prize 2006 and Guardian First Book Award 2005. Shortlisted for British Book Awards: Biography of the Year 2006 and Whitbread Book Awards: Biography Category 2005 and Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2005.
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Fourth Estate Ltd
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