Life in the Debt Trap

Stories from Children and Families Struggling with Debt

Sorcha Mahony and Larissa Pople

Life in the Debt Trap

Sorcha Mahony and Larissa Pople

Distributed for Bristol University Press

136 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2018
Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9781447341093 Published July 2018 For sale in North and South America only
One of the defining features of contemporary life in the United Kingdom for those who are not wealthy is a struggle with debt. Life in the Debt Trap presents the extent of that problem and its devastating effects on people and families, in powerfully human terms. Sorcha Mahony tells the stories of seventeen families and their real-life struggles to keep up with the debt they have accumulated in their attempts to secure shelter, food, and the other necessities of life. Based on extensive interviews, the book brings attention to a problem that is largely ignored, and sure to galvanize political action. Life in the Debt Trap is a powerful statement about the difficulties faced by ordinary people in the United Kingdom today.
Review Quotes
Gill Main, University of Leeds
“A powerful and compelling account of family life in the context of problem debt. Required reading for people studying, working with, and most importantly making policies affecting low-income families.”
Professor the Baroness Ruth Lister of Burtersett
“This beautifully written, perceptive, and reflexive study of debt is a testament to the power of stories, grounded in wider research and policy contexts. Please read it.”
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