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Down and Out: Surviving the Homelessness Crisis

Daniel Lavelle

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Housing & homelessness

***Winner of an RSL Giles St Aubyn Award for Non-Fiction***

'Ruthless and raw . . . Underneath this harrowing story of injustice lies a lyrical longing for a more compassionate and caring future' DAVID LAMMY

'Part memoir, part howl of fury' GUARDIAN

'Enrich[es] our impoverished sociological imagination. [Its] case studies are as bleakly memorable as Raymond Carver stories' TLS At once a powerful memoir, unflinching polemic and probing investigation into modern homelessness in the UK, by award-winning investigative journalist Daniel Lavelle

Daniel Lavelle left care at the age of nineteen, and experienced homelessness for the first time not long after. So began a life spent navigating social services that were not fit for purpose, leaving Daniel and many like him slipping through the cracks.

In Down and Out, Daniel draws on his own experiences - as well as those of the witty, complex, hopeful individuals he has encountered who have been shunned or forgotten by the state that is supposed to provide for them - in order to shine a powerful light on this dire situation.

Down and Out is a true state-of-the-nation examination of modern homelessness: assessing its significance, its precursors and causes, as well as the role played by government, austerity, charities, and other systems in perpetuating this crisis. Ultimately, it seeks to ask how we as a society might change our practices and attitudes so that, one day, we can bring this injustice to an end.

More praise for Down and Out:

'Lavelle is a vital voice on one of the most pressing scandals facing Britain today. A book for every politician, policy maker and reader who wants a fairer and kinder country' FRANCES RYAN, author of CRIPPLED

'Anyone interested in homelessness should read this book' SIMON HATTENSTONE, journalist

'A valuable and damning personal tale of how the system fails our kids' EMILY KENWAY, author of THE TRUTH ABOUT MODERN SLAVERY

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