Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey

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Read Poverty Safari Online Free - 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.

He invites you to come on a Safari of sorts. A Poverty Safari. But not the sort where the indigenous species is surveyed from a safe distance for a time, before the window on the community closes and everyone gradually forgets about it.

Title : Poverty Safari
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ISBN : 1912147033
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 224 pages


Sara rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 02, 2017

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I don't really know what I was expecting when I went into this, but I was left disappointed anyway. I suppose I was looking for a social commentary on the working class and poverty stricken people of Britain, but this read more like...

Colin rated it ★★★★☆

January 14, 2018

Darren "Loki" McGarvey is a rapper, a blogger, a broadcaster and now, a published author. And, regardless of his frequent self-deprecation, a damn fine one at that. He's also the product of childhood poverty and a highly dysfunctional family, and later, of addiction and mental health problems. In...

Ophelia Sings rated it ★★★★★

December 04, 2017

Everyone should read this book. Rather histrionic, perhaps, but the truth. Shocking, visceral, angry and anger-inducing, Poverty Safari shines a light into the darkest corners of society, highlighting the forgotten, the overlooked. If we have anything about us, we should see this book as a rallyin...

Fiona rated it ★★★★☆

January 14, 2018

I strongly recommend this book for anyone looking for fresh thinking on poverty in modern Britain/Scotland. The author is very honest about his own experiences and thinking, but of course doesn't guarantee that he's right on everything, and the reflective nature of his writing is both a strength...

David rated it ★★★★★

January 03, 2018

There are 2 parts to Poverty Safari. The first is a series of auto-biographical stories which provide the sad backstory for Darren McGarvey’s upbringing and experiences growing up and living in poverty in Glasgow. It is a brave thing to do to recount such personal tales. Whilst it certainly helps...

Pete rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 17, 2017

The book start of very well with a powerful description of living with an abusive mother. The author really excels at describing unsettling, moving scenes and his personal experiences of poverty. There is an interesting section on identity politics and the intersection with class (which is often...

Lauren rated it ★★★☆☆

January 02, 2018

I had high hopes for this book after being recommended it by a friend, however have settled on a 3-star review, with the hope Loki can improve on his writing in the future. The book is a mix between anger, class observation, pretention and oddly, conservatism toward the end. There are some absolu...

Kazimiera rated it ★★★★☆

October 22, 2017

This book is about the inequalities within British society that for some people are the reality of their everyday lives whilst the rest of the population live in ignorance of the harshness of life for quite a lot of society. It is a book that i feel should be compulsory reading for the decision...

Dancall rated it ★★★★☆

January 03, 2018

Darren McGarvey is a Scottish rapper called Loki, and this is his first book, a personal take on poverty in the UK, its causes, and what can be done about it. It includes a lot of autobiographical detail, and is a bit rambling; chapters 18 & 30 are best. There are very good points made about...

Graham rated it ★★★☆☆

December 31, 2017

This book is aimed at people who are baffled by working-class anger, resentment and frustration directed at the political status quo. McGarvey attempts to explain this through the prism of his own life, which has been pretty harrowing. He clearly has a lot of insight into deep-rooted cultural pro...

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