Why You Won't Get Rich

Pages: 304
Subject: Economics, Current Affairs
Imprint: Oneworld

Why You Won't Get Rich

How Capitalism Broke its Contract with Hard Work

Robert Verkaik

9781786078070 (4 Mar 2021)
RRP £16.99 / US$25.95

The Book

In 2018, UN representatives spent two weeks in a single country investigating child poverty, concluding that it was 'not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster'. That country was the United Kingdom. 

Who are the new faces of poverty? The same people we applaud as heroes: policemen, nurses and firefighters. While a select few have gotten unthinkably rich in the past ten years, crushing levels of personal debt, high rents, low wages and a punitive welfare system have brought countless others to the brink of financial collapse. 

It doesn't take a lot to end up on the breadline in Britain. And once you're there, it's nearly impossible to get out of it. These are the unseen victims of a broken economy.

Additional Information

Subject Economics, Current Affairs
Pages 304
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Robert Verkaik is a journalist and author of Posh Boys: How the English Public Schools Ruin Britain. He writes for the Guardian, Independent, the i, Observer, Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Times. His reporting was longlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2010 and he was a runner-up in the specialist journalist category at the 2013 National Press Awards. He lives in Surrey.


‘The latest in the series of powerful books on the divisions in modern Britain, and will take its place on many bookshelves beside Reni Eddo-Lodge's Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race and Owen Jones's Chavs.'


- –Andrew Marr, Sunday Times on POSH BOYS

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