Poverty Safari

Darren McGarvey

4.1 based on 26 ratings & 3 reviews on Goodreads.com
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09 August 2018
9781529006346
240 pages
Synopsis

The Sunday Times top ten bestseller.
Winner of the Orwell Prize 2018.

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.

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

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

Irvine Welsh