Winner of The Orwell Prize 2018
'Part memoir, part polemic, this is a savage, wise and witty tour-de-force. An unflinching account of the realities of systemic poverty, Poverty Safarilays down challenges to both the left and right. It is hard to think of a more timely, powerful or necessary book.' - J.K. Rowling
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.
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.
McGarvey 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