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Austerity bites: A Journey to the Sharp End of Cuts in the UK Hardcover – 28 May 2014

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Policy Press (28 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144731560X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447315605
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Travelling around the country interviewing people allowed Mary O Hara to harness first-hand accounts of the fallout of cuts in the UK. Austerity Bites brings together many poignant stories of people affected by the first impact of the coalition government's choice to impose social austerity on Britain." --Danny Dorling, University of Oxford

Mary O'Hara's mission is to give voice to those experiencing hardship or injustice who are rarely heard. She travelled the UK for a year to bear witness to the effects of Austerity Britain and we should all pay attention to the result. --Janine Gibson, Editor in Chief, Guardian US

"An uncomfortable but necessary read" --Robin Ince

“Mary O'Hara has written a powerful and vivid account of the regressive and harmful impact of public spending cuts, which gives voice to those who are suffering. Read it and be angry. Pass it on. Send a copy to your MP. To echo one of her interviewees: those in power need to listen.” Professor the Baroness (Ruth) Lister of Burtersett

"This book is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the great human cost of austerity. Read it, get angry and get active." Josie Long, writer, activist and comedian

"Mary O'Hara's book strips away the rhetoric to reveal the truth. The United Kingdom is not the land of fairness, it's a fearful place, where the heaviest burdens fall on the weakest." Simon Duffy, Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform

'Best book of the year 2014 in the Guardian review list'
- Owen Jones

About the Author

Mary O'Hara is an award-winning journalist (Highly Commended European Diversity Journalist of the Year 2013) who writes about health, poverty and social justice for publications including The Guardian, The Observer and The New Statesman. She was educated at Magdalene College Cambridge and in 2010 was an Alistair Cooke Fulbright Scholar at UC Berkeley, California where she conducted research on press coverage of mental illness and suicide. She is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and trustee of the charity, Arts Emergency.

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