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Poverty Safari: Understanding the Anger of Britain's Underclass

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781529006346
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pub Date: 14/08/2018
  • Category: Society & social sciences / General
    Society & social sciences / Social mobility
    Society & social sciences / Social discrimination & inequality
    Society & social sciences / Poverty & unemployment
  • Imprint: Picador
  • Pages: 224
  • Price: $19.99

"Part memoir, part polemic, this is a savage, wise and witty tour-de-force. An unflinching account of the realities of systemic poverty, Poverty Safari lays down challenges to both the left and right. It is hard to think of a more timely, powerful or necessary book." J.K. Rowling

People from deprived communities all around Britain feel misunderstood and unheard. Activist and recording artist Darren McGarvey, aka Loki, gives voice to their feelings and concerns, and the anger that is spilling over. Anger he says we will have to get used to, unless things change.

He invites you to come on a safari of sorts. A Poverty Safari. But not the sort where the indigenous population is surveyed from a safe distance for a time, before the window on the community closes and everyone gradually forgets about it.

PRAISE FOR POVERTY SAFARI

"Nothing less than an intellectual and spiritual rehab manual for the progressive left." Irvine Welsh

"Poverty Safari is one of the best accounts of working-class life I have read. A scan of the injuries poverty leaves in Britain, which manages to be humane, angry and wise all at the same time. McGarvey is a rarity: a working-class writer who has fought to make the middle-class world hear what he has to say." Nick Cohen

Author Information

Darren McGarvey aka Loki grew up in Pollok. He is a writer, performer, columnist and former rapper-in-residence at Police Scotland’s Violence Reduction Unit. He has presented eight programmes for BBC Scotland exploring the root causes of anti-social behaviour and social deprivation.

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