Poverty Safari wins the Orwell Prize 2018
26 June 2018
Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey
aka Loki (Luath Press) is the winner of the Orwell Book Prize 2018. People from
deprived communities all across Britain feel misunderstood and
unheard. Darren McGarvey gives voice to their feelings and
concerns, and anger that is spilling over.
The Scotsman of 22 May 2018 has an article by the author on
writing the book and about being on the shortlist: see A surreal journey from my wit's end to an Orwell
The book's publisher Gavin MacDougall of Luath Press is quoted
in Alison Flood's article in The Guardian of 25 June
2018 saying he had been "convinced that this
book can and will make a real difference to people's lives" ever
since McGarvey first came to see him.
A new edition of the book will be published on 6 August by
Picador in partnership with Luath Press. See The Bookseller of 25 June 2018.
Winter by Ali Smith (Hamish
Hamilton) was also shortlisted.
The winner was announced on 25 June 2018 (the 115th anniversary
of the birth of George Orwell).