Danziger's Britain: A Journey to the Edge

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Nick Danziger began his journey in June 1994, as newspapers and magazines throughout the land commemorated the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landings and recalled the Allies' war aims (to "afford assurance that all men in all lands may live out their lives in freedom from fear and want"). For the best part of a year, he lived among the homeless and unemployed in many of the ruined manufacturing and so-called "no-go" areas of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. With courage and sensitivity, he won the trust of the street children and shared the lives and heard the stories of hundreds of society's outsiders. A powerful and disturbing documentary (with 48 pages of his own photographs) of life in Britain for a forgotten section of society in the mid-1990s, and a tribute to the resilience of individuals faced with overwhelming odds.

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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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