Poverty Safari: Understanding the Anger of Britain's Underclass

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Pan Macmillan, Aug 9, 2018 - Social Science - 224 pages

The Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller.
Winner of the Orwell Prize 2018.
Named the most 'Rebellious Read of the 21st Century' in a Scottish Book Trust poll.

Darren McGarvey has experienced poverty and its devastating effects first-hand. He knows why people from deprived communities all around Britain feel angry and unheard. And he wants to explain . . .

So he invites you to come on a safari of sorts. But not the kind where the wildlife is surveyed from a safe distance. This book takes you inside the experience of poverty to show how the pressures really feel and how hard their legacy is to overcome.

Arguing that both the political left and right misunderstand poverty as it is actually lived, McGarvey sets out what everybody – including himself – could do to change things. Razor-sharp, fearless and brutally honest, Poverty Safari is an unforgettable insight into modern Britain.

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User Review  - CarltonC - LibraryThing

My impressions are of this being written by someone who is being honest about their deprived upbringing, but does not illuminate this with the concrete examples of Westover’s Educared, but resorts to ... Read full review

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User Review  - infjsarah - LibraryThing

Really interesting memoir? /autobiography? of someone who has grown up in a poor Glasgow community and had a lot of problems with addiction etc. His thoughts on apathy in poor communities and ... Read full review

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About the author (2018)

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. His novel Poverty Safari won the Orwell Prize 2018.

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