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All The Houses I've Ever Lived In: Finding Home in a System that Fails Us (Paperback)Kieran Yates (author)
We've all had our share of dodgy landlords, mould and awkward house shares. But journalist Kieran Yates has had more than most: by the age of twenty-five she'd lived in twenty different houses across the country, from council estates in London to car showrooms in rural Wales.
In prose that sparkles with humour and warmth, Yates charts the heartbreaks and joys of a life spent navigating the chaos of the housing system. Drawing on interviews with marginalised tenants across the country and the stories behind our interiors, she explores the unexpected ways we can fight back – finding beauty in the wreckage of a broken system, friendships in cramped housing conditions, and home even in the most fragile circumstances.
All the Houses I’ve Ever Lived In is at once a rallying cry for change, a gorgeous coming-of-age story and a love letter to home in all its forms.
‘Illuminating, thoughtfully written, damning’ OBSERVER
‘I read this in two sittings . . . so incisive it's hard to put down’ PANDORA SYKES
‘A beautiful exposition of home and what it means. Stunning’ BOLU BABALOLA, author of Honey & Spice
‘So relatable . . . injects a glorious dose of love and joy and hope' BIG ISSUE
‘Yates manages the unthinkable: she makes the housing crisis funny’ i
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 198 x 130 mm
‘This book is so special. Kieran writes with a warmth and joy that is so often devoid from discussions based around housing and working class people. [It] manages to have taught me ten million things while also making me fall in love with Kieran and her family - weaving together activism with storytelling in the most gorgeous way’ ‘Skewers the housing crisis with clear-sighted fury. [Her] warmth and intimacy breathes new life into the horror show statistics. Yates manages the unthinkable: she makes the housing crisis funny, or at least as funny as it can get’ ‘So relatable . . . injects a glorious dose of love and joy and hope. This is what is so special about All The Houses I’ve Ever Lived In: the side notes of kindness and community, told with beauty, folded between the pages’
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As someone who grew up in a council state in my home country, the book's beginning was highly relatable. Do you know what is like to live in a 13-story building with... More
“A revealing journey through our housing system”
A engrossing account of Kieran Yates’ experience within throughout our fraught housing market. We move with her as she recounts the close-knit communities of Southall to the increasingly gentrified suburbs of South... More
“Interesting and current.”
A well written book, full of passion and knowledge. Parts of her experience I found extremely relatable, having had a wide range of renting experiences throughout my life. The little details noted to illustrate... More
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