The People of Providence: A Housing Estate and Some of its Inhabitants

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Press: Eland Books; 2 edition (December 31, 2011)
ISBN:9781906011192
Author Name:Parker, Tony
Language:English

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Concerned with a housing estate and some of its inhabitants.

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  •     An incredible insight into the lives of some very ordinary working class people living in a South London housing estate the late seventies and early eighties. A series of around 40 interviews of people living in conditions which are difficult for much of "Middle England" to believe, let alone understand. The histories of these people, from the desperate and depressed ("An end sixteen floors below") to those delighted to be given the opportunities to live a life ("Love it, this little place"), are enough to make the reader cry and laugh, depending on the interview.The way Tony Parker gets people to talk is incredible, and the unwinding of the people's lives over the series of interviews is both awful and totally compelling.In an age where docu-soaps are all the rage on television, this book should still be in print. The written word acts a deeper record of the lives of these people than any screen could ever do, and the stories told are sufficient to deeply move the reader.Anyone serious about understanding the behaviour of people in the UK, and the problems that the working (and not-working) classes face, must read this book. Whether Left-wing or Right-wing in outlook, the reader will be challenged and encouraged by this portrait of urban life in the latter half of the twentieth century
 

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