Hired : Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain

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Longlisted for the Orwell Prize, 2019

The Times Round-up of the Best Non-fiction Paperbacks, 2019
The Times Best Current Affairs and Big Ideas Book of the Year, 2018

For many in modern Britain, careers are low-paid and high-risk, a series of short-term jobs with no security and little future. In this essential expose, James Bloodworth goes undercover to investigate how working life has become a waking nightmare. From the Orwellian reach of an Amazon warehouse to the trials of a care worker, Hired is a clear-eyed analysis of a divided nation and a riveting dispatch from the very frontline of low-wage Britain.

'An extraordinary and unsettling journey into the way modern Britons work. It is George Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London for the gig-economy age' MATTHEW D'ANCONA, author of Post-Truth
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 22mm | 275g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • TBC
  • 1786490161
  • 9781786490162
  • 216,921

Table of contents

Preface - p.1
Chapter 1 - p.11
Chapter 2 - p.28
Chapter 3 - p.42
Chapter 4 - p.54
Chapter 5 - p.64
Chapter 6 - p.79
Chapter 7 - p.91
Chapter 8 - p.106
Chapter 9 - p.121
Chapter 10 - p.132
Chapter 11 - p.143
Chapter 12 - p.153
Chapter 13 - p.165
Chapter 14 - p.180
Chapter 15 - p.187
Chapter 16 - p.203
Chapter 17 - p.211
Chapter 18 - p.219
Chapter 19 - p.228
Chapter 20 - p.243
Epilogue - p.258
Notes - p.266
Index - p.272
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Review quote

Potent, disturbing and revelatory... [Bloodworth] sets out to see something we should know more about than we do, and he tells the story of what he found well. * Evening Standard * A very discomforting book, no matter what your politics might be... very good * Sunday Times * Grim but necessary reading... Theresa May should horrify [Bloodworth] by picking up a copy of Hired and learning from it. * Spectator * An extraordinary and unsettling journey into the way modern Britons work. It is Down and Out In Paris and London for the gig economy age. * Matthew d'Ancona, Guardian columnist and bestselling author of Post-Truth * Exceptional... Bloodworth is the best young left wing writer Britain has produced in years. * Observer * Powerful and important... [Hired] reveals the true reality of the low-pay economy in Britain today. * Guardian * Elegant and frequently shocking. * Daily Mail * Unflinching... a refreshing antidote to the fashionable post-work these written from steel-and-ivory towers. * Prospect * A wake-up call to us all. A very graphic and authentic journey exposing the hard and miserable working life faced by too many people living in Britain today. * Margaret Hodge, MP, former Chair, Public Accounts Committee * Whatever you think of the political assertions in this book - and I disagree with many of them - this is an important investigation into the reality of low-wage Britain. Whether you are on the Right, Left or Centre, anybody who believes in solidarity and social justice should read this book. * Nick Timothy, former Chief of Staff to Theresa May * I emerged from James Bloodworth's quietly devastating and deeply disturbing book convinced that the 'gig economy' is simply another way in which the powerful are enabled to oppress the disadvantaged * D. J. Taylor, author of Orwell: The Biography * A truly devastating examination of the vulnerable human underbelly of Britain's labour market, shining a bright light on the unjust and exploitative practices that erode the morale and living standards of working-class communities. * Frank Field, MP * James Bloodworth pulls back the carpet and exposes the rotten floorboards of Britain's low wage, insecure and exploitative economy, describing living and working conditions that Dickens would recognise. A wake-up call to our political elites to genuinely tackle the gross inequality at the heart of our society. * Wes Streeting, MP * Hired is a refreshing antidote to the fashionable post-work theses written from steel-and-ivory towers * The Big Questions (BBC TV) * James Bloodworth's unflinching account of life and work in the towns we have come to know as being "left behind" exposes the mercilessness of the low-wage economy and modern capitalism * Prospect *
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About James Bloodworth

James Bloodworth is the former editor of Left Foot Forward, the influential political website. He is a fortnightly columnist for the International Business Times and regularly contributes to the Independent, Guardian, New Statesman and Wall Street Journal.
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