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Wednesday 29 May at 7.30 pm
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Rebel Footprints

David Rosenberg
Rebel Footprints

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Tuesday 5 June at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap


Hired
Hired
is published in paperback
by Atlantic Books at £12.99.

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James Bloodworth

Thoughtful and affecting reporting of the working conditions which provide us with cheap goods and services.

James Bloodworth
Hired

Six Months Undercover
in Low-Wage Britain

A compelling and ground-breaking piece of narrative journalism that gets right to the heart of divided Britain and its dysfunctional jobs climate.

We all define ourselves by our profession. But what if our job was demeaning, poorly paid, and tedious? Cracking open Britain’s divisions journalist James Bloodworth spends six months living and working across Britain, taking on the country’s most gruelling jobs. He lives on the meagre proceeds and discovers the anxieties and hopes of those he encounters, including working-class British, young students striving to make ends meet, and Eastern European immigrants.

From the Staffordshire Amazon warehouse to the taxi-cabs of Uber, James narrates how traditional working-class communities have been decimated by the move to soulless service jobs with no security, advancement or satisfaction. This is a gripping examination of Brexit Britain, a divided nation which needs to understand the true reality of how other people live and work before it can heal.

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.

“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.

“Unflinching... a refreshing antidote to the fashionable post-work theses 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 One.

“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.

Forthcoming events


Wednesday 29 May at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

David Rosenberg
Rebel Footprints
in conversation with Asad Rehman

Wednesday 17 July at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap

Ronnie le Drew
Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi
Zippy and Me

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Event postponed until further notice
David Adam
The Man Who Couldn’t Stop
and The Genius Within

Pete Brown
Pie Fidelity
In Defence of British Food

Carol Ann Duffy
Poetry for the Insect Population
with Andrew McMillan, Matthew Hollis, Imtiaz Dharker, Zaffar Kunial,
Mark Pajak, Hannah Sullivan,
Sean Borodale, Ella Duffy
and Yvonne Reddick

David Hepworth
A Fabulous Creation
How the LP Saved Our Lives

5x15 on The Future of Education
with David Kynaston, Priya Lakhani, Alex Beard, Owen Jones,
Melissa Benn and Kate Clanchy

Cold War Steve
The Festival of Brexit
in conversation with Martin Rowson

Lucinda Gosling
Shirley Baker and Vintage Britain

Robert Elms
London Made Us
A Memoir of a Shape-Shifting City

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Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

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Suresh Singh
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Duncan Barrett
Hitler’s British Isles

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Kate Thompson
and Melanie McGrath

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Regeneration Songs

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Asian Noir:
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Luke Turner
Out of the Woods

Danny Dorling
Rule Britannia
Brexit and the End of Empire

Doreen Fletcher, Paintings
with The Gentle Author

Benjamin Zephaniah
The Life and Rhymes
of Benjamin Zephaniah

in conversation with Cilius Victor

Peggy Seeger
First Time Ever

E. Foley and B. Coates
What Would Boudicca Do?

Bobby Seagull
The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers

Will Ashon
Chamber Music
Enter the Wu-Tang (in 36 Pieces)

Robin Ince
I’m a Joke and So Are You
A Comedian’s Take on
What Makes Us Human

Nicola Streeten and Cath Tate
The Inking Woman

Iain Sinclair
Living with Buildings

1968 and After:
Culture and Education

An evening with
Shami Chakrabarti and Rachel Holmes

Martin Rowson
The Pen is Mightier Than the Word

Ed Vulliamy
When Words Fail

Marcus Sedgwick & Dr Sam George
The Battle of the Books:
Frankenstein v. Dracula

Kenney Jones
Let the Good Times Roll

Ben Okri and special guests
Rise Like Lions

Adam Dant
Maps of London & Beyond

Sarah Ivens
Forest Therapy

Shore 2 Shore
with Carol Ann Duffy
Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Jackie Kay
and Maura Dooley, with music by John Sampson

Viv Albertine
To Throw Away Unopened

Melanie McGrath
Pie & Mash Down the Roman Road
in conversation with Duncan Barrett

James Bloodworth
Hired
Six Months Undercover
in Low-Wage Britain

Chris Difford
Full Acoustic Show
Some Fantastic place

Michael Rosen
So They Call You Pisher!

David Hepworth
Uncommon People
The Rise and Fall of the
Rock Stars 1955-1994

Liam Young and Simon Hannah
The Labour Party, past and present

Misha Glenny: McMafia
Seriously Organised Crime

Helen Pankhurst: Deeds Not Words
The Story of Women’s Rights,
Then and Now

Laura James and Jessie Hewitson discuss autism

Literary Natives
Writers of Colour Meet Up

John Davies: The Red Atlas
How the Soviet Union
Secretly Mapped the World

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