Earlier this summer Darren McGarvey’s book Poverty Safari, a hybrid book which is part autobiography, part social and political criticism about poverty in Britain, won the Orwell Prize.

It is a demanding read that both offers a vivid inside account of how the pressures of deprivation create a spiral in which physical illness, mental illness, addiction and violence thrive, but also asks questions of the system that has produced and maintains cycles of poverty.

Together Liverpool trustee Hilary Russell recommends this book: "This is not a ‘misery memoir’ though the author’s personal experience would have provided plenty of scope. It is also a trenchant political (small 'p') critique. McGarry demonstrates clearly that poverty is more than material deprivation; it encompasses exclusion and violence, stress and estrangement. He asks questions - of himself as well as his readers – about autonomy and responsibility.  His subtitle is Understanding the Anger of Britain’s Underclass. He challenges his own left-wing tribe generally and, in particular, those of us involved in the poverty and regeneration ‘industries’.   How do we fight poverty without simply imposing our own solutions, trying to manage the lives of those in poverty and perpetuating their alienation?  It is a chastening read that gives much food for thought.”

The book can be purchased online and from large book shops.