All That Is Solid: How the Great Housing Disaster Defines Our Times, and What We Can Do About It Hardcover – 19 Feb 2014
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Geographer royal by appointment to the left (Simon Jenkins)
The most lucid and urgent account of the UK's housing crisis you'll read this year. It deserves a place at the top of David Cameron's reading list. In fact, one would like to hand-deliver it to every minister... Dorling's anger at our legislators is palpable... his solutions are at once simple and radical (Richard Godwin Evening Standard)
Dorling has bravely gone to the root of the issue (Owen Hatherley Guardian)
All that is Solid is a powerful, important book for these times ... It has an angry urgency (The Times Higher Education)
Dorling grasps the importance of the issue. His urgency is warranted. The professor is also often correct (John McDermott Financial Times)
5 stars. As Danny Dorling's powerfully argued new book makes clear ... the need for serious action has never been greater (Ed Cumming Telegraph)
A brilliantly original study of our national obsession (Nick Cohen Observer)
An urgent book about an urgent topic (Lynsey Hanley New Statesman)
A compellingly argued, at times witty and shocking, eloquent read (Chris Blackhurst Independent)
About the Author
Danny Dorling is Halford Mackinder Professor in Geography at the University of Oxford. He has worked both with the British government and the World Health Organization and is frequently asked to comment on current issues on TV and the radio. He has published more than twenty-five books, including Injustice: Why Social Inequality Exists, So You Think You Know About Britain? and The 32 Stops for Penguin Underground Lines.
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Looks quite interesting, and I'm a bit of a leftie, so I ought to enjoy it. I'll remove this review when I see more honest reviews for the book, or the idiotic review giving 2 stars is removed.
Dorling illustrates how the super rich are driving up the process and the people below them are copying this behaviour, albeit in more modest ways. Massive subsidies are giving the impression of stability in the UK. Interest rates are low and people are investing in property with little consideration of how they’ll be affected if these conditions change.
The right to shelter is a fundamental one for every human being but people are being priced out of it by sheer greed, with the rich hoarding property. Dorling differs from many as he’s not arguing for new homes to built as he argues there’s more than enough for everyone, even in London. It’s the way that the property is being shared that’s unfair, with people living in huge homes that they don’t really need and buying multiple homes as investments. Houses should be homes for people to live in and not places which damage society by lying empty while someone waits for the right time to sell.
Dorling believes the distribution of property is unfair and he’s put together a clear and passionate argument for a better way in All That Is Solid. People in the UK seem to have very short memories that are getting poorer with time in relation to housing issues. Many would do well to read Danny Dorling’s excellent book.
His basic argument is that there is not in fact an overall shortage of housing. What we have is a situation where some people have a lot of housing (owning large houses and/or more than one property) and some people with not enough. I am not sure there is any real connection between the two, though I do accept that the rich have got a lot richer in the last decade or so.
He does go on at some length about the unfairness of the Bedroom Tax.
We do clearly have a problem with housing in the UK. Home ownership is clearly over-priviledged. His best idea is for reform of the council tax bands as it is clearly madness that someone living in a house valued at £320,00 pays the same as someone living in a house valued at £1million or above.
He seems to think another housing crash will eventually come but cannot say when that might be.
it is also true that this book would not win any awards for elegent use of English.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book a big disappointment, I bought it in the hope of finding out whether the UK was in bubble territory and also an insight into the history of house prices and where... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this. Lots of useful data and anecdote intermingled with some positive ideas about social change.Published 10 months ago by Eryl Price-Davies
I bought this as a gift, but I read a little and had trouble putting it down! Very readable and really made me think about how we think about housing.Published 11 months ago by Rosemary
An accessible and absorbing read, full of interesting important information put together in a clear way. Highly recommended especially for our politicians.Published 15 months ago by Tutorista55
I waited eagerly for this to come out in paperback. Housing is an issue that genuinely concerns me and I feel is strangling this country. Read morePublished 16 months ago by edsinc
We all know there are serious problems with the housing market in the UK. There are not enough adequate dwellings for our growing population, prices have been pushed sky high by... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Judy Corstjens
Poor but very angry book ,not always accurate. Unusual to find an academic using newspaper comments as references.
Analysis and proposals not always well thought through. Read more