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Poverty Safari

Poverty Safari

Understanding the Anger of Britain's Underclass

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Darren McGarvey aka Scottish hip hop artist Loki examines the cause and effect of the rage of Britain's working classes. The personal and political are entwined in this vital account of deprived communities. Through a mixture of memoir and eloquent debate, McGarvey compells us to listen to the voices of those left behind by society.

Title Poverty Safari
Subtitle Understanding the Anger of Britain's Underclass
Author Darren McGarvey
ISBN 9781912147038
eISBN 9781912387014
Binding Paperback
Author Bio

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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People from deprived communities all around Britain feel misunderstood and unheard. 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.

I know the hustle and bustle of high-rise life, the dark and dirty stairwells, the temperamental elevators that smell like urine and wet dog fur, the grumpy concierge, the apprehension you feel as you enter or leave the building, especially at night. I know that sense of being cut off from the world, despite having such a wonderful view of it through a window in the sky; that feeling of isolation, despite being surrounded by hundreds of other people above, below and either side of you. But most of all, I understand the sense that you are invisible, despite the fact that your community can be seen for miles around and is one of the most prominent features of the city skyline.


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

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

A blistering analysis of the issues facing the voiceless and the social mechanisms that hobble progress, all wrapped up in an unput-downable memoir. - Denise Mina

Raw, powerful and challenging. - Kezia Dugdale

A scan of the injuries poverty leaves in Britain, which manages to be humane, angry and wise all at the same time. - Nick Cohen

The ignorance class division fosters and 'our assumptions about the people on the other side of the divide' are Darren McGarvey’s themes. His Poverty Safari is one of the best accounts of working-class life I have read. 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 in The Guardian, 23rd September 2017

If The Road To Wigan Pier had been written by a Wigan miner and not an Etonian rebel, this is what might have been achieved. McGarvey's book takes you to the heart of what is wrong with the society free market capitalism has created. - Paul Mason

I wrote one of the books that Darren never read and I have to say I'm glad because his is much better than mine. - Linda Tirado, author of Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America 

Brave, moving, darkly funny and challenging… [McGarvey] seems to be on his way to becoming one of the most compelling and original voices in Scotland’s, and maybe Britain’s, public debate. […] Poverty Safari has had a greater impact on me than any other book I’ve read this year. - Chris Deerin, Scottish Daily Mail

His urgently written, articulate and emotional book is a bracing contribution to the debate about how to fix our broken politics. - Hugh Carnegy, Financial Times

Table of Contents

1. Crime and Punishment
2. A History of Violence
3. The Call of the Wild
4. Gentlemen of the West
5. The Trial
6. No Mean City
7. Nineteen Eighty-four
8. A Question of Loyalties
9. On the Road
10. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
11. A Tale of Two Cities
12. Wuthering Heights
13. The Outsiders
14. The Trick is to Keep Breathing
15. The Cutting Room
16. Great Expectations
17. Children of the Dead End
18. The Stranger
19. Tales from the Mall
20. A Disaffection
21. Garnethill
22. The Way We Live Now
23. Housekeeping
24. Waiting for the Barbarians
25. The Naked Ape
26. The Sound and the Fury
27. Frankenstein
28. Trainspotting
29. The Moral Landscape
30. The Metamorphosis
31. The Changeling
32. Rules For Radicals

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