Tuesday, 29 November 2011

STUART

A LIFE BACKWARDS

I have only just read this book by Alexander Masters. Not ‘enjoyable’ as such but very nicely written and very readable for those who can bear it.

It offers a vivid peep at the hideous underbelly of our human services, including along the way a glimpse at ‘special educational needs’ (Stuart has a mild form of muscular dystrophy, FSH).

With a life misspent puzzling over systemic developmental sequelae I found this book exceedingly frustrating, but then it was not written for me!

I still wholeheartedly recommend it, of you have the stomach, and perhaps especially if you do not.

Masters, A. (2005) Stuart: a life backwards, London, Fourth Estate

There has been a film too, I gather:

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