One in Five

By Louisa Britain

An anthology of stories about the realities of living in poverty

Autobiography | Campaigns
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Fourteen and a half million people live in poverty in the UK, according to the government’s own figures. That's about one in five. And that was before the pandemic. So where are their voices?

In this country, we hear about child poverty, in-work poverty, fuel poverty and poverty porn. We read about universal credit cuts, generation rent and Benefits Street. We see a fifth of our population through someone else’s lens, as victims or slackers or - just occasionally and if they’re particularly good at football - inspiring national heroes who turned their lives around. But we rarely hear from people who live with poverty every day.

One in Five is a powerful anthology bringing together just some of the true stories behind the headlines. It explains the reality of spending all day shopping around online for the cheapest school shoes, only to be told off for owning a phone. Of scrubbing stains out of old clothes by hand, and the precise cost of a job interview outfit. It shows how disability, ethnicity, gender, ill health and unstable work or housing can all intersect to create an inescapable poverty trap. And how sometimes, living in poverty becomes a full-time job. Compiled by the campaigning mother better known on social media as Roadside Mum, it collects stories told by people with real, personal experience of poverty, in their own voices.

But One in Five is also a book of ideas. You don’t raise a family in a rented flat on minimum wage without learning a thing or two about life, quick thinking and BOGOFs, and the contributors to this book understand better than most how the system is broken and what could be done to fix it - if the political will existed. By supporting this book you’ll be elevating the voices of the real experts and sending a clear message to those in charge: it’s time to listen and act to make a change.

ABOUT THE BOOK

  • A high-quality, B-format paperback book
  • Approximately 300 pages and 70,000 words
  • Compiled by Louisa Britain, better known as the Twitter campaigner Roadside Mum
  • Approximately 20 contributors, to be announced
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*Book designs, cover and other images are for illustrative purposes and may differ from final design.

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