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The Social Distance Between Us: How Remote Politics Wrecked Britain Hardcover – 16 Jun. 2022

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Breaks your heart and boils your blood ― The Big Issue

This is McGarvey at his best, asking discomfiting questions of many-most?-of his readers and also pointing out that class inequality is endlessly reproduced by people who either do well out of it or are too institutionalised to see what is in front of them. The quality of McGarvey's reporting and storytelling is first-rate... he makes no end of astute points ―
John Harris, Observer (Book of the Week)

An Orwell for today's poor... By the end readers will be left in no doubt about the fact that our society is still riven by class inequality ―
The Times

Vital and indispensable. Documents how we succeeded in creating a 21st century ruling class who - in their complacency, their lack of engagement, their blinkered ideology and dead-hand managerialism - are themselves, now, the principal source of the social problems they so confidently locate elsewhere, and which they therefore cannot even begin to solve ―
Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

An essential read for every politician, civil servant, councillor, charity worker, police officer and teacher. [An] angry, but controlled, expose of the wide gap between Britain's decision-makers and those most affected by their thoughtless, stupid or selfish actions. ―
Susan Dalgety, The Scotsman

About the Author

Darren McGarvey grew up in Pollok, Glasgow. He is a writer, hip-hop artist, broadcaster and campaigner. His bestselling and acclaimed first book Poverty Safari was awarded the Orwell Prize for political writing in 2018.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ebury Press (16 Jun. 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1529104084
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1529104080
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.79 x 22.2 cm
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DARREN McGARVEY aka LOKI grew up in Pollok. He is a writer, performer, community activist and columnist, and former rapper-in-residence at Police Scotland’s Violence Reduction Unit. He was part of the Poverty Truth Commission that was hosted in Glasgow in 2009 and has presented eight programmes for BBC Scotland exploring the root causes of anti-social behaviour and social deprivation.

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Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey is a legend. I love his opinion’s in this book that I’ve read so far, and from having him as a Facebook friend I see his opinions on different subjects daily so I really am enjoying this book.

Been a fan of his because of his music as he’s a bit of a legend in Scottish rap so to see all of his appearances on television and his books is really great! Go on Loki ma man!
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