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Poverty Safari: Understanding the Anger of Britain's Underclass

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Not sure where to put this so just put it here. 

 

Amazon puts this a lot better than I can

 

"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."

 

DM uses his own life as an example to explain the wider points he is making.  The book does, therefore, centre around Glasgow because that's where he was born and currently still lives but I imagine that the points he makes are not unfamiliar to those living in poverty in other cities in Britain.  

 

This is very well written and Darren comes across as highly intelligent and very eloquent. He makes some razor sharp points and fleshes them out with his own experiences.

 

Even although this is centred around Glasgow I'd still recommend it, it's not as depressing as it sounds and Darren himself is fascinating.  He was the first Rapper in Residence at the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit and makes his living as a rapper.  He is also a Social Commentator (whatever that is!)

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This sounds very interesting Luna, thank you for your review, I have added this to my TBR. Makes me think of English Journey by J B Priestley and his tour round some of the poorest places in Britain in the 1930's. 

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