James Morrison

A Tipping Point

Stuart: A Life Backwards

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Stuart: A Life Backwards is a peculiar book. Billed as the story of ‘an extraordinary friendship between a reclusive writer and illustrator … and a chaotic, knife-wielding beggar’, it is part biography, part social commentary, and, one suspects, at least part fiction.

Stuart Shorter, its eponymous anti-hero, is a self-proclaimed outcast who has spent his thirty-odd years limping from one institution to another, his stints in care and at Her Majesty’s pleasure separated by bouts of homelessness and drug addiction,

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