About this book
An astonishing expose of poverty, work and Britain in the 21st century. Standing alongside "The State We're In, No Logo" and "Captive State"; it is an essential read for anyone who thinks that poverty exists elsewhere. A powerful study of the social "status quo" which shows that unless we can improve the prospects of the poor, social progress will grind to a halt.
Living on an estate in Clapham, Polly Toynbee started from scratch and found that if she were truly unemployed, she would not even be able to afford a new job, and that faced with starvation, it's impossible not to sink into debt. This book provides an account of her courageous intention to live and work on the minimum wage.