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Austerity bites: A journey to the sharp end of cuts in the UK (Hardback)
  • Austerity bites: A journey to the sharp end of cuts in the UK (Hardback)

Austerity bites: A journey to the sharp end of cuts in the UK (Hardback)

Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 28/05/2014
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Since taking power in 2010, the Coalition Government has pushed through a drastic programme of cuts to public spending in the name of austerity. This timely book by journalist Mary O'Hara chronicles the real-world effects of austerity, showing just what it means to ordinary lives. With an updated Afterword by the author, the book offers a compelling corrective to narratives of shared sacrifice.

Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 9781447315605
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 216 x 148 x 25 mm

Voted one of the Guardian best books of 2014 by Owen Jones "Strips bare the reality of what Osbornomics means for human beings and, crucially, gives a platform to voices that are otherwise unheard and deliberately ignored." The Guardian
"Should be required reading for every MP, peer, councillor, civil servant and commentator. The fury and sense of powerlessness that so many people feel at government policy beam out of every page." Melissa Benn, Guardian
"A fine record of how it feels to be among those who have been selected to pay the highest price for a crisis they had no part in producing." Sociology
"One of the best critiques I have ever read of how 'WongaLand', the profiteering by money lenders and pawn shops, has caused massive financial burdens and hardships for the poorest families whilst making massive profits for the businesses." Sociology
"O'Hara's book is a welcome addition to our understanding of the real meaning of austerity in contemporary Britain"---Community Development Journal
"Mary O'Hara's book strips away the rhetoric to reveal the truth. The United Kingdom is not the land of fairness, it's a fearful place, where the heaviest burdens fall on the weakest." Simon Duffy, Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform
"A welcome addition to our understanding of the real meaning of austerity in comtemporary Britain." Community Development Journal
"Both the immediate injustice and the waste of human potential leap from the pages of this book." Kitty Stewart, LSE
"Austerity Bites is a book brimming with anger at the multiple injustices in the United Kingdom and how the current austerity programme is underpinning and exacerbating these inequalities." Disability & Society
?"A thoroughly authentic, fair but passionate account of a Britain that we at Community Links know only too well. It's a powerful story, too little heard and understood, but brilliantly told. I hope you will send a copy to the Prime Minister." David Robinson, OBE, Founder of Community Links
"Travelling around the country interviewing people allowed Mary O'Hara to harness first-hand accounts of the fallout of cuts in the UK. Austerity Bites brings together many poignant stories of people affected by the first impact of the coalition government's choice to impose social austerity on Britain." Danny Dorling, University of Oxford
"An uncomfortable but necessary read" Robin Ince
"Mary O'Hara's mission is to give voice to those experiencing hardship or injustice who are rarely heard. She travelled the UK for a year to bear witness to the effects of Austerity Britain and we should all pay attention to the result." Janine Gibson, Editor in Chief, Guardian US
"This book is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the great human cost of austerity. Read it, get angry and get active." Josie Long, writer, activist and comedian
"Mary O'Hara has written a powerful and vivid account of the regressive and harmful impact of public spending cuts, which gives voice to those who are suffering. Read it and be angry. Pass it on. Send a copy to your MP. To echo one of her interviewees: those in power need to listen." Professor the Baroness (Ruth) Lister of Burtersett

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