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"Stuart: A Life Backwards"
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Alexander Masters is an author, screenwriter and worker with the homeless. He lives in Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Masters was educated at Bedales School, and took a first in physics from King's College London. He then went St Edmund's College, Cambridge for a further degree in maths, and then the beginnings of a PhD in the philosophy of quantum mechanics. He was studying for an MSc degree in mathematics with the Open University, and working as an assistant at a hostel for the homeless in Cambridge.
He is the writer and illustrator of "Stuart: A Life Backwards", the biography of Stuart Shorter. It explores how a young boy, somewhat disabled from birth, became mentally unstable, criminal and violent, living homeless on the streets of Cambridge. As the title suggests, the book starts from Shorter's adult life, tracing it back in time through his troubled childhood, examining the effects his family, schooling and disability had on his eventual state.
Alexander Masters won an Arts Council Writers' Award for this, his first book, and went on to win the Guardian First Book Award and the Hawthornden Prize, as well as being shortlisted for the Whitbread Book-of-the-Year Award in 2005 in the biography category, the Samuel Johnson Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in the United States.
He also wrote a screenplay adaptation, filmed in 2006 for the BBC and HBO, and broadcast in September 2007. It won the Royal Television Society Award in the Single Drama category and the Reims International Television award for the Best TV Screenplay.