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Foreword by Mark Thomas; Foreword by Mark Blyth; Preface to the paperback edition; Introduction; Money's too tight to mention; The big squeeze; Welcome to `Wongaland'; Work maketh the person; All work and no pay; Bearing the brunt; A life lived in fear is a life half lived; Conclusion Afterword to the paperback edition.
Mary O'Hara is an award-winning social affairs journalist (Including Mind Journalist of the Year and Highly Commended European Diversity Journalist of the Year 2013). She writes about health, poverty and social justice for publications including The Guardian and The Observer. Mary was educated at St. Louise's Comprehensive on the Falls Road in Belfast and at Magdalene College Cambridge where she read social and political science. In 2010 she was an Alistair Cooke Fulbright Scholar at UC Berkeley, California where she conducted research on press coverage of mental illness and suicide. She is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and trustee of the charity, Arts Emergency.
"Travelling around the country interviewing people allowed Mary O'Hara to harness first-hand accounts of the fallout of cuts in the UK. Austerity Bites brings together many poignant stories of people affected by the first impact of the coalition government's choice to impose social austerity on Britain." Danny Dorling, University of Oxford. "Mary O'Hara's mission is to give voice to those experiencing hardship or injustice who are rarely heard. She travelled the UK for a year to bear witness to the effects of Austerity Britain and we should all pay attention to the result." Janine Gibson, Editor in Chief, Guardian US. "An uncomfortable but necessary read" Robin Ince. "Mary O'Hara has written a powerful and vivid account of the regressive and harmful impact of public spending cuts, which gives voice to those who are suffering. Read it and be angry. Pass it on. Send a copy to your MP. To echo one of her interviewees: those in power need to listen." Professor the Baroness (Ruth) Lister of Burtersett. "This book is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the great human cost of austerity. Read it, get angry and get active." Josie Long, writer, activist and comedian. Voted one of the Guardian best books of 2014 by Owen Jones. "Strips bare the reality of what Osbornomics means for human beings and, crucially, gives a platform to voices that are otherwise unheard and deliberately ignored." The Guardian. "Mary O'Hara's book strips away the rhetoric to reveal the truth. The United Kingdom is not the land of fairness, it's a fearful place, where the heaviest burdens fall on the weakest." Simon Duffy, Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform. "Both the immediate injustice and the waste of human potential leap from the pages of this book." Kitty Stewart, LSE; "A welcome addition to our understanding of the real meaning of austerity in comtemporary Britain." Community Development Journal