We live in hostile times. Trust in authority is at an all-time low, and public anger is high. But hostility isn’t born: it’s created. In this powerful polemic against the systematic inequalities in the UK, the Orwell Prize-winning author Darren McGarvey lifts the lid on public fury and the institutions that drive it, from austerity to populism. Meeting people across the UK whose lives have been destroyed by systems that have little to do with making life better for the 99%, he uncovers the truth about what’s making us so angry – and explains how we can overcome it. Is there a safety-valve to depressurise society, or is it already too late? A shocking and heartbreaking account of the state of our nation, Hostile Environments is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the truth about modern Britain.
About the Author
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. His bestselling and acclaimed first book Poverty Safari was awarded the Orwell Prize.