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2 Sep 2010
Born after September 1979? Struggling to find a decent job, even though you're a graduate? Can't afford to buy or even rent a house? No prospects? Welcome to the jilted generation. Things go wrong in society all the time, but rarely do they go wrong for an entire generation. Drawing on their own startling new research and writing with an irresistible polemical energy, twenty-something journalists Ed Howker and Shiv Malik argue that, in stark contrast to their parents' generation, millions of young Britons today face the most uncertain future since the early 1930s. Radical, angry and passionate, Jilted Generation takes a closer look at who's to blame for locking out Britain's youth - and leaving our country not just broken but broke.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books (2 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848311982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848311985
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,242 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and well argued 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This book is unashamedly a polemic rather than an unemotional analysis. This provides the emotional energy to carry the topic, and no doubt resonates with many young people today. It is a rallying cry for "something must be done!" (And perhaps "heads must roll!")

But more analysis would have revealed that things are not always as stated, and seeking solutions (rather than debating problems) needs a more focused identification of underlying causes so that they can be fixed. The book is better at casting blame (sometimes wrongly) towards the past than at proposing solutions for the future.

"Jilted Generation"? "Jilted" typically means "loved then discarded". Perhaps that it how it feels. But was ANY other generation "loved but NOT discarded"? I think people in earlier generations had lower initial expectations and so didn't feel such a loss whenever it was a case of "life's a bitch and then you die". This is a problem with any assumption that each generation will be better off than the previous one; why should people think that? If the life-features of generations are a combination of trends + luck, then "regression to the mean" will typically make some life-features worse in the next generation!

"Generation" really only means much within a family. It is a poor way of talking about a set of people born over some 25 year period (or whatever). There is rarely a fully plausible definition of the generation, nor do all the identified people have much in common. The generation of this book is the one born after September 1979, because that identifies those who had to pay more to go to university. For a minority of people that matters a lot. But nearly two-thirds of this generation didn't go to university, so this distinguishing factor is irrelevant to them!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating 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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Must be read
A well-written, shocking indictment of how the baby-boomers have been the first generation to pass on a significantly poorer inheritance to those following. Read more
Published 7 months ago by C. L. M. Tucker
4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting read
Well worth the money. It contains a lot of information as to why we need a complete revolution in our understanding of how corrupt politics has become.
Published 8 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone must read this book
I'm blown away by the honesty and accuracy presented in this book. It's all so true and shocking, from start to finish. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Drumsloot
3.0 out of 5 stars Intresting read, but far to short.
This book contains some excellent and challenging ideas, its critique of the structural problems facing British politics and how they have severely harmed my generation is robust. Read more
Published 9 months ago by D. Collett
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating study of the terrible way we treat our young people
Ed Howker is an investigative journalist on Channel 4's Dispatches programme and Shiv Malik is a Guardian staff writer. Read more
Published 12 months ago by William Podmore
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a member of the Jilted Generation.
The title got me to buy this book.I guess that not being in the 'Jilted Generation' makes me a bit of a skeptic. Read more
Published 12 months ago by David Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars simply superb
You often take pot luck with these sorts of books, despite great reviews some of them are absolutely dreadful. On the other hand this is simply superb. Read more
Published 12 months ago by tallmanbaby
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a good read
Absolutely a must read before criticizing young generation, NEETS or FREETERS (in Japanese). The author analyzed the reasons of lost generation from housing, job market,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Joey
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting Reading.
This is a very well written and researched book (about the last 20% of the kindle version is made of the citations and sources). Read more
Published on 14 July 2012 by J. Lock
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Synopsis
This is easy to read, explaining how extracvagtant spending to appease the baby boomers has left a legacy of debt that is affecting our children. Read more
Published on 13 May 2012 by Yvonne S
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