Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey

Poverty Safari

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 surve...

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Poverty Safari Reviews

  • Sara
    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 a ...
  • Allison M
    This is an excellent, emotionally driven look at the effects of systemic poverty and it is also an unflinching account of the writer's difficult childhood. There is a sense that Darren McGarvey's views are evolving even during the writing of Poverty Safari, which adds to its urgency and means that t...
  • Ophelia Sings
    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 rallying c...
  • David Mytton
    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 hel...
  • Fiona Welch
    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 and...
  • F
    A very honest commentary of both experience and thought1 - Change is good2 - Not everything/everyone you don't understand/relate to is bad or has bad intentions3 - Admitting you are wrong, accepting other opinions & Lifestyles and CHANGE is the most radical thing you can do! ...
  • Colin
    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 pa...
  • Lottie Stables
    This was a challenging piece of non-fiction both in its ideas and its style. McGarvey is skilled in writing about his personal experiences of growing up in poverty, demonstrating an incredible capacity for self-reflection. Some of the chapters in this book contain incredibly astute observations. I t...
  • Vishvapani
    Poverty Safari starts with an account of something that's becoming very familiar to me: going into a prison to run a group (I teach mindfulness). What McGarvey adds to my understanding of that situation is an insider's understanding of the dynamics at play for the prisoners: their wariness, search f...

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