Alexander Masters

Alexander Masters is the author of Stuart: A Life Backwards, the critically acclaimed book

about a homeless man called Stuart Shorter who he met while studying at Cambridge

University and working in a homeless shelter. It won the Guardian First Book Award and was

chosen as a World Book Night Title. He wrote the television adaptation of the book — a joint

BBC/HBO venture from Sam Mendes’ studio. His latest book is The Genius in my

Basement, an intimate portrait of one of the greatest mathematical prodigies of the twentieth