Over the last 13 years, Nick Danziger has lived and worked with people outside the UK. Now he turns his attention to conditions on the home front and, by taking to the road, and mostly undiscovered life of the underclass - bereft of employment and finding themselves alien to the traditional patterns of British social life. Britain is a country whose 200-year-old manufacturing economy is largely in ruins, where huge numbers of people no longer feel part of society, where alcohol (far from being a social pleasure) becomes a means for violence, and drugs are taken as a necessity to escape reality. What does it mean to live without so many of the everyday things most of us take for granted? How are people able to adapt and survive in conditions of such apparent hopelessness? This book records the human stories that dramatically illuminate Britain's bleakest economic blackspots.
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In the spirit of George Orwell's 'Down and Out in Paris and London ', Nick Danziger has written a hair raising account of his journey among the 'other British' – the huge ranks of the excluded and marginalised people of Great Britain. It is as gripping and extraordinary as any of his famous travels in Asia, and illustrated by his own haunting and remarkable photographs.
"A chilling indictment of what we've let happen in the past two decades … At every turn you feel the stress, the rage, the pain and the despair. Through these bitter scenes, Danziger's writing remains fluent, lucid and humane … Danziger deserves all praise, and the widest possible readership."
PETE DAVIES, 'The Independent'
"His account of how, where and why the poor of Britain live grips and appals the mind. Danziger travelled the length and breadth of breadline Britain, focusing on old industrial and maritime cities but also taking in the Scottish Highlands and rural Suffolk, Cornwall and the old Welsh coalfields. As he goes … he invites people to talk – thieves in Brixton, Somalis in Liverpool, junkies in Glasgow, mental health workers in Barrow in Furness, teenagers in Bradford and Salford, kneecapped Belfast joyriders, a hardworking councillor in the ravaged west end of Newcastle … The sheer extent of civil catastrophe and human waste revealed here threatens to beggar belief."
SEAN O' BRIEN, 'Sunday Times'
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Book Description HARPERCOLLINS, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2553821
Book Description HARPERCOLLINS, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002553821