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Crippled is a damning indictment of a safety net gone wrong, and a passionate demand for an end to austerity measures hitting those most in need.

In austerity Britain, disabled people have become the favourite target. From social care to the benefits system, politicians and media alike have made the case that Britain's 12 million disabled people are a drain on the public purse. In Crippled, leading commentator Frances Ryan exposes the disturbing reality, telling the story of those most affected by this devastating regime. This includes a paralysed man forced to crawl down the stairs because the council wouldn't provide accessible housing and the young girl with bipolar forced to turn to sex work to survive. Through these personal stories, Ryan charts how in recent years the public attitude towards disabled people has transformed from compassion to contempt: from society's 'most vulnerable' to benefit cheats. 

©2019 Frances Ryan (P)2020 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"Frances Ryan reminds us what real journalism looks like." (Ken Loach)

"A blistering polemic, full of telling details." (Alice O Keefe, Guardian)

"I wish I could force everyone in the UK to read this book." (Rob Delaney)

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Good Recording of an Interesting Book

A really interesting but horrifying look at the impact of austerity on the disabled. The author consistently backs up their points with facts and statistics, and cites their sources, while keeping a clear pace and without the book becoming a mere list of numbers. The use of individual cases is, both horrifying in context, and highly effective at getting the reader to understand and empathise with those suffering on the sharp end of austerity. At times the author's political leanings, outside of disability issues, are clearly implied although this is largely confined to the conclusion. The recording is clear, easy to understand what is being said, and lady speaking has a chrm but expressive voice which suits the tone of the book well.

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