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a tour of what you don't notice or don't want to see,
This review is from: Dark Heart: The Shocking Truth About Hidden Britain (Hardcover)
This is very readable, and very important - a Dickensian look at modern Britain's 'underclass', though thankfully not as long-winded. The part I found most fascinating was about the estates in Birmingham that had become no-go areas for the police; I had heard some snippets on the radio and tv, wondered briefly how that worked, then put it to the back of my mind - it's fascinating to have the story fleshed out, and it's a great piece of research, as is the whole book.
I was tickled pink to find someone I know slightly in the book - the guy who toured him round London's King's X, a friend of a friend, a likeable moocher and unusually peaceful. That's another story, but suffice to say that I found a world under my nose that I had never suspected and, from what I know of it, it's actually much worse than Davies describes or possibly imagines. So I would suggest to any readers that think he may be sensationalising that, in fact, he has only seen the tip of the iceberg.
All in all a magnificent piece of research, vital reading, especially for those who have no contact with this world - you'll see things differently when you pass through a city centre, or railway station. Can't recommend this enough.