Skint Estate: A memoir of poverty, motherhood and survival

18th March 2020


Cash Carraway is a single mum living in temporary accommodation. She’s been moved around the system since she left home at 16. She’s also been called a stain on society. And she’s caught in a poverty trap. ‘Skint Estate’ is the hard-hitting debut memoir about impoverishment, loneliness and violence – set against a grim landscape of sink estates, police cells, refuges, and peepshows. Told frankly, but with a swaggerous eye roll and a smirk, Cash delves into the reality of family estrangement, mental illness, alcoholism, and domestic violence in working-class Britain today. The reality of her circumstances take us on her isolated journey, as benefit cuts, lone parenting and zero contract hours force her to turn to food banks, refuges, and temporary accommodation – and a feeling of displacement and separation follows.

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