Cameron Fucks Dead Pigs & I Got Called a Scrounger – BOOK REVIEW – by Nathan Brown

“He paints a picture of a shit life living in Northern England in austerity Britain post-2010. Back to Orwell, one of the things that made his portraits of 1930s poverty in ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’ and ‘Down and Out in Paris and London’ was that he went and lived it. Carrington, too is living it. Unlike Orwell, he does not have a journalist’s escape pod back to a comfortable existence. At times the atmosphere becomes very bleak, in fact oppressive. This marks Carrington out as a talented writer – we know about zero hours contracts, food banks, poverty, and the way the benefits system has been turned by the wealthy political elite into a weapon to use against people in need, but he manages to transfer into the written word how that feels and generate similar emotions and responses in the reader. Despair, resentment, anger…. It’s not all doom and gloom though: we are rescued by dark humour or conclusions to these tales when the anger builds and he metaphorically leaps out of the page pointing the finger saying ‘And you, you cunts, we’re coming after ya.'”

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