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Review: Hard Work: Life In Low Pay Britain

User Review  - Carol Ferro - Goodreads

Insightful and thoroughly researched, even a decade on this book has lessons for those who believe in meritocracy. The living wage discussion is still pertinent, as is the lack of social mobility and workers rights. Read full review

Review: Hard Work: Life In Low Pay Britain

User Review  - Sho - Goodreads

I'd read Nickled and Dimed but that's very American, so I was really pleased when I realised that there was something similar based in the UK. This was just as shocking as Barbra Ehrenreich's book ... Read full review

Review: Hard Work: Life In Low Pay Britain

User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

This is a devastating portrayal of the way those who earn minimum wage are leading a life of enforced poverty. The Guardian journalist, Polly Toynbee lives for a month on minimum wage/benefits and ... Read full review

Review: Hard Work: Life In Low Pay Britain

User Review  - Bianca Moreira - Goodreads

Depressing but very informative read. Read full review

Review: Hard Work: Life In Low Pay Britain

User Review  - Alan Fricker - Goodreads

A depressing read but worth it. Makes you look again at the question of the working poor. Slightly irritated by the way the author kind of enters into the spirit of the exercise and then completely ignores things when a bit too inconvenient. All be it that she is straightforward and admits it. Read full review

Review: Hard Work: Life In Low Pay Britain

User Review  - Maria - Goodreads

A lefty perspective but a well researched book that does a good job of making you question your perspective about the value of work, money and acquiring stuff. Read full review

Review: Hard Work: Life In Low Pay Britain

User Review  - Louise - Goodreads

It's now 10 years old so is a little outdated, but apart from that a very good look at surviviving on so little money and what it's like. Shocked she didn't know Crazy Georges though,maybe that's because we're totally different. Read full review

Review: Hard Work: Life In Low Pay Britain

User Review  - John Leach - Goodreads

Shocking look into life for the low-paid. Polly Toynbee is a bit smug though. Read full review

Review: Hard Work: Life In Low Pay Britain

User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

A provocative narrative on the reality of living on minimum wage (circa 2003 at least). Toynbee's various jobs in the book added weight to the argument that for most people in bottom rate jobs, simply staying on the ladder is a struggle in itself- climbing up it is fantasy. Living Wage, anyone? Read full review

Review: Hard Work: Life In Low Pay Britain

User Review  - Anne - Goodreads

In 'Hard Work', Polly Toynbee a middle-class Guardian journalist takes up the challenge thrown to her to live life as one of the many 'working poor'. She adopts the lifestyle of an ordinary, middle ... Read full review


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