Skint Estate by Cash Carraway
What's it about? Three pages into Skint Estate and Cash Carraway’s words are coursing through my veins. This is Carraway’s devastating memoir, an account of survival and despair – years and years of no-way-out, don’t-look-back despair. Cash is the voice of the underclass, the forgotten and the vulnerable. But, while bleak and terrifying, at the heart of this gutsy (and often darkly humorous) tale lies an unexpected love story; a beautiful, all-encompassing love story that is almost tangible. It’s the story of a mother and child: Cash and Biddie, a zero-hours, poverty-line single parent, who desperately wants nothing more than to be accepted as a ‘mum’. Skint Estate is blinding, a representation of modern-day austerity Britain and the tragic polarisation of our society, told through Cash’s rallying cry for change.
My favourite quote. 'Even the kebab shop paedophile who was advertising a mattress in exchange for sex rejected me.'
My three-word review. Stunning, furious, honest.
Donna, Website team