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Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey: 2
The Sunday Times top ten bestseller. Winner of the Orwell Prize 2018. Darren McGarvey has experienced poverty and its devastating effects first-hand. He knows why people from deprived communities all around Britain feel angry and unheard. And he wants to explain . . . So he invites you to come on a safari of sorts. But not the kind where the wildlife is surveyed from a safe distance. This book takes you inside the experience of poverty to show how the pressures really feel and how hard their legacy is to overcome. Arguing that both the political left and right misunderstand poverty as it is actually lived, McGarvey sets out what everybody – including himself – could do to change things. Razor-sharp, fearless and brutally honest, Poverty Safari is an unforgettable insight into modern Britain.

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69 Home St opposite corner to Kings Theatre · Edinburgh

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We are a small, informal, non-fiction book group who meet roughly every couple of weeks and (in theory) discuss one book a month. Although a lot of it is just drinking beer and catching up.

With non-fiction virtually anything goes: Art, biographies/memoirs, psychology, ecology, politics, science, history, philosophy... the list goes on!

We meet at around 8pm on Mondays or Tuesdays, usually in the Blue Blazer on Spittal Street (near the Odeon on Lothian Road). The Blue Blazer has been our 'home' for several years now. It is a bustling pub, not a hushed shrine to the printed word, but it suits us. We are usually at the back of the back room. We try and to have some books on the table so you'll know who we are.

For the last few years we have been experimenting with an alternative venue, the Castle Arms (usually in the small room near the front entrance); please double check the event locations!

Come for the books, stay for the hygge (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_Denmark#Hygge)!

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