This book is written in three specific parts with time spent on stories from London, Manchester and Glasgow. It pulls no punches as it shares of life from the inner city gang cultures that we so often hear about in news items. The book is easy to read and follow and engages the reader by working through examples in the lives of specific individuals.
At times you are left questioning and wondering if there is any hope – this is wonderfully dispelled in the stories of Glasgow. There is hope, there are ways ahead and there are people who want to help bring change. The later edition has a short response from Gavin Knight to the riots of 2011 – this alone was challenging and worth the book price as it challenges some of the popular notions of who engaged in the riots and why.
A good, solid read – if you are involved in the inner city with young people then it will be worth spending some time with it.
“There is comfortable, middle-class economy. Then there’s the inner cities.” Gavin Knight