Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain (Paperback)
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Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain (Paperback)

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Published: 07/02/2019
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Longlisted for the Orwell Prize, 2019

The Times Round-up of the Best Non-fiction Paperbacks, 2019
TheTimes Best Current Affairs and Big Ideas Book of the Year, 2018

For many in modern Britain, careers are low-paid and high-risk, a series of short-term jobs with no security and little future. In this essential exposé, James Bloodworth goes undercover to investigate how working life has become a waking nightmare. From the Orwellian reach of an Amazon warehouse to the trials of a care worker, Hired is a clear-eyed analysis of a divided nation and a riveting dispatch from the very frontline of low-wage Britain.

'An extraordinary and unsettling journey into the way modern Britons work. It is George Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London for the gig-economy age' MATTHEW D'ANCONA, author of Post-Truth

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781786490162
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 285 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 23 mm
Edition: Main


Potent, disturbing and revelatory... [Bloodworth] sets out to see something we should know more about than we do, and he tells the story of what he found well. - Evening Standard

A very discomforting book, no matter what your politics might be... very good - Sunday Times

Grim but necessary reading... Theresa May should horrify [Bloodworth] by picking up a copy of Hired and learning from it. - Spectator

An extraordinary and unsettling journey into the way modern Britons work. It is Down and Out In Paris and London for the gig economy age. - Matthew d'Ancona, Guardian columnist and bestselling author of Post-Truth

Exceptional... Bloodworth is the best young left wing writer Britain has produced in years. - Observer

Powerful and important... [Hired] reveals the true reality of the low-pay economy in Britain today. - Guardian

Elegant and frequently shocking. - Daily Mail

Unflinching... a refreshing antidote to the fashionable post-work these written from steel-and-ivory towers. - Prospect

A wake-up call to us all. A very graphic and authentic journey exposing the hard and miserable working life faced by too many people living in Britain today. - Margaret Hodge, MP, former Chair, Public Accounts Committee

Whatever you think of the political assertions in this book - and I disagree with many of them - this is an important investigation into the reality of low-wage Britain. Whether you are on the Right, Left or Centre, anybody who believes in solidarity and social justice should read this book. - Nick Timothy, former Chief of Staff to Theresa May

I emerged from James Bloodworth's quietly devastating and deeply disturbing book convinced that the 'gig economy' is simply another way in which the powerful are enabled to oppress the disadvantaged - D. J. Taylor, author of Orwell: The Biography

A truly devastating examination of the vulnerable human underbelly of Britain's labour market, shining a bright light on the unjust and exploitative practices that erode the morale and living standards of working-class communities. - Frank Field, MP

James Bloodworth pulls back the carpet and exposes the rotten floorboards of Britain's low wage, insecure and exploitative economy, describing living and working conditions that Dickens would recognise. A wake-up call to our political elites to genuinely tackle the gross inequality at the heart of our society. - Wes Streeting, MP

Hired is a refreshing antidote to the fashionable post-work theses written from steel-and-ivory towers - The Big Questions (BBC TV)

James Bloodworth's unflinching account of life and work in the towns we have come to know as being "left behind" exposes the mercilessness of the low-wage economy and modern capitalism - Prospect

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I am still undecided as to whether I enjoyed this or not.
It was full of facts, neatly time-lined and easy to read but seemed to fall flat. I was expecting more from a book that used the terms 'gig... More

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