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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books (2 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848311982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848311985
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jilted Generation is a tirade of fury... Ed Howker and Shiv Malik stake out their complaint with a waspishness which comes from personal experience - the struggle to find somewhere to live in London, and to find a secure job...the evidence of pokey overpriced housing and endless unpaid internships piles up convincingly
--Madeleine Bunting, Guardian

There's a new and noisy book just out which you must read to discover why the young and the old are shouting at each other over the supper table in a way I've not heard since those great divides over drugs'n'rock'n'roll or even the Iraq invasion. --Margareta Pagano, Independent

Howker and Malik extend their analysis beyond an it's-not-fair tantrum to knit together a taut and analytically rigorous narrative of 25 years of political myopia and mismanagement, outlining a series of gross policy errors that have disproportionately benefited the old at the expense of the young. These mistakes are likely to loom large over the UK for decades --Miles Johnson, Spectator

Jilted Generation...brilliantly analyses the problems faced by today's generation of young adults --Joyce MacMillan, Scotsman

A heady cocktail...that's enough to make anyone's blood boil. At times the writers become true polemicists... a compelling narrative that explains exactly how serial ministers' focus on individuals as "self-interested and motive purely by money" has influenced our politics --Alex Stevenson, Politics.co.uk

Provocative
--Robert Colvile, Telegraph

Following those books a fourth has just come out. Only last week we had the launch of an excellent book, The Jilted Generation: How Britain Has Bankrupted Its Youth by Ed Howker and Shiv Malik. They mount an argument very similar to mine with powerful evidence of the raw deal for young people in the jobs market, in housing, and in pensions and savings. --David Willetts, in a speech to the Policy Exchange

Ed Howker and Shiv Malik have written a critique of capitalism that is as powerful and provocative as anything written by Marx and Engels. --Tribune, Dec 2010

The book is hard to argue with. --Bright Green, August 2010

`You must read it to discover why the young and the old are shouting at each other over the supper table in a way I've not heard since those great divides over drugs'n'rock'n'roll or even the Iraq invasion.' --The Independent on Sunday

`Howker and Malik knit together a taut and analytically rigorous narrative of 25 years of political myopia and mismanagement, outlining a series of gross policy errors that have disproportionately benefited the old at the expense of the young. These mistakes are likely to loom large over the UK for decades' --The Spectator

`What the authors eloquently trace is the consequences of a breathtakingly foolhardy thirty-year experiment in dismantling the state and individualising responsibility that has led straight to the debt crisis we face today. We should applaud their forensic skill in exposing the rarely discussed assumptions that have led us who ere are, and in setting out the consequences in concrete terms' --The Oldie

`Jilted Generation brilliantly analyses the problems faced by today's generation of young adults' --The Scotsman

`An excellent analysis of the hardship and inequity faced by today's generation of young people'
--Morning Star

About the Author

Ed Howker, 29, is associate editor of The Spectator, previously worked for Channel 4 Dispatches and The Independent. Shiv Malik, 29, was listed among the Evening Standard's most influential Londoners in 2008. Between them they have written for the New Statesman, Observer, Private Eye and the Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph and have appeared on Sky News, Front Row, Newsnight, the Jeremy Vine Show as well as Radio 4's PM and The Moral Maze.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A. Ellis on 3 Oct 2010
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Well written, informative, thought provoking and deeply depressing for anyone unlucky enough to be born too late. This book explains why we are where we are. Unlike many of the current offerings which jump on the band wagon of blaming the bankers, this thoughtful and well researched text holds back from the easy blame game and uses authoritative statistics to explain carefully the various difficulties Britain's young adults have been experiencing for the past few years. What many thought was just the result of reckless lending policies over the past decade, leading to overinflated house prices, a financial crash causing recession and unemployment, is shown to have its ultimate roots decades earlier. The realisation of which is that unless there is a paradigm shift in British politics then this will be a lost generation, paying for the short term decisions of our elders and denied many of their advantages.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Claire25 on 1 May 2011
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Everyone under 30 needs to read this book. For so many years I've been feeling so frustrated without clearly understanding why. Why is it I'm 27, earn almost as much as my parents combined and can't afford to buy a house? How can I have a stable relationship when my partner and I are constantly moving to find work? How come I can't find a great job when I have a 1st class degree? This book takes all the half formed thoughts that have been flying around my head, and articulates them fully, providing a wealth of research to support their argument.

It's somber reading, but somehow reassuring to know that actually, it's not just you, you are trying hard, and this situation has been decades in the making. Asides from being interesting reading, and essential cannon fodder for the next person who tells you that young people have it easy, this book, if anything, shows why young people need to rekindle their interest in politics
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lance Grundy on 18 Sep 2010
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Written by two twenty-something journalists this very readable book has a good go at explaining why the prospects for Britain's young people haven't looked so bleak for a long, long time and why much of the predicament they now find themselves in is as a result of the changes in society brought about by their parent's generation - those now over fifty, the so-called 'babyboomers'.

The book is divided into four chapters with each covering what the authors regard as the most pressing issues facing young people growing up in Britain today:- "Housing", "Jobs", "Inheritance" and "Politics". Every gripe you'd expect to see is here. The ridiculous price of houses, job insecurity, low pay, crap education, tuition fees, over-taxation, over-indebtedness, rampant consumerism and, of course, the appalling state of the public finances and that looming £1.3 trillion of government debt that the jilted generation correctly assume they'll be paying off for the rest of their lives - courtesy of one Mr G. Brown and the Labour Party [as voted for by - yes - you guessed it, the babyboomers!]. However, armed with numerous graphs and tables Howker and Malik set about sticking it to post-war governments of all persuasions especially Thatcher's Tories and Blair and Brown's New Labour - as well as giving their parent's generation a bloody good hiding along the way too.

For me, as a member of so-called 'Generation X' that sits between the babyboomers and the jilted generation, I thought Chapter 4 - "Politics" - was the most interesting. I found the authors' assertion that the origins of today's self-centred society lie in 1960s Marxist counter-culture to be a particularly well articulated and persuasive argument and one I hadn't come across before.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Thomas S. Hill on 11 Sep 2010
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In Jilted, Shiv Malik and Ed Howker take the debate on intergenerational justice to the next level. The culture of unaffordable housing, insecure jobs, student debt and our toxic economic inheritence are all subjected to critical appraisal by the two authors.

However, rather than taking a sectarian 'us vs them' approach to the boomer generation, Malik and Howker set their sights on the culture of political shortsightedness that is endemic in our political system. The topics covered in this book need urgent attention and the sooner the Jilted youth start rallying together the sooner they will be able to put a stop to the ongoing erosion of their economic situation.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Adam Ramsay on 6 Sep 2010
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All too often, important political books are terminally dull. Not this one. The subject matter is significant, but just as imporant, the book is great fun. It charges from astonishing fact to mind blowing statistic. It is a polemic of the best variety - possessing a pace only achieved through skilled word-smithing. No dull padding. No spare paragraphs. You'll read it in a day or two, then talk about it for weeks.

I loved this book. I lent it to a friend, and she loved it even more. Another friend read it in one night, and is going back through with a highlighter pen. So, whether you are one of the jilted generation wondering why you and your friends haven't got what you were promised, or if you are a baby boomer, wondering what's gone wrong for your kids, this is the book the read. Because it tells a story everyone should know. And it tells it so compellingly, that you will love ever second.
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