I was recommended this book by a friend after extolling the virtues of Owen Jones' Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class
. I hadn't any specific expectation of the direction it would take or its scope but I found it enlightening, sobering, fascinating and depressing in equal measures. I've rarely read a book that's captured so readably the issues she addresses with regards to both the experience of growing up on an estate and her personal journey and the policies, plans and political climate which influenced the development of state housing and its eventual decline from public and policy favour.
A must read for anyone interested in why estates are judged so negatively, why there's a crisis in housing and how the optimism of great thinkers can be sidelined by the realities of commercialism. It's not a hopeless tale but if people don't heed the lessons it shares, it could be. One to pass round to others after reading.