- Publisher: ALLEN LANE
- Format: Hardback | 400 pages
- Dimensions: 163mm x 242mm x 38mm | 660g
- Publication date: 19 February 2014
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1846147158
- ISBN 13: 9781846147159
- Sales rank: 251,229
Housing was at the heart of the financial collapse, and our economy is now precariously reliant on the housing market. In this groundbreaking new book, Danny Dorling argues that housing is the defining issue of our times. Tracing how we got to our current crisis and how housing has come to reflect class and wealth in Britain, All That Is Solid radically shows that the solution to our problems - rising homelessness, a generation priced out of home ownership - is not, as is widely assumed, building more homes. Inequality, he argues, is what we really need to overcome.
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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.
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