Stuart Heritage got where he is today by being decent, thoughtful, hardworking and kind. He is, in short, a model citizen. The favourite son.
His younger brother Pete is quick-tempered, peevish and aggressively pig-headed and, for a while, known to his friends as 'Shagger'.
But now, Stu has returned to his hometown to discover that Pete has taken his place. Practical and resourceful where Stu is not, Pete has become a shoulder to lean on. He is now undoubtedly the better son. And all at once Pete and Stu have to reevaluate their fraternal dynamic. It should be easy, but it isn't. Because, well ... Pete's a dick.
Don't Be A Dick, Pete is Stuart Heritage's unconventional and laugh-out-loud biography of his brother. It is a hilarious examination of home and family; sons, fathers, fatherhood, sibling relationships and how hard it is to move on in a system that's loaded with several decades of preconceived ideas about you.
Stuart Heritage has written for the Guardian since 2009. His weekly column about his young son `Man With a Pram' ran in the paper's Family section between 2015-16. He founded a celebrity news site called Hecklerspray (Metro's Best British Blog in 2007 and the Observer top 50 most powerful blogs in the world in 2008) and has written for Vanity Fair, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Red, Marie Clare, the NME, Shortlist, Time Out and the Radio Times. He lives in Ashford, Kent.